Morinari Watanabe joins the IOC’s newly launched Gender Equality Review Project20/03/2017
FIG President Morinari Watanabe has accepted an invitation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to join its newly launched Gender Equality Review Project as a member of its Working Group. The invitation was extended last week by Lydia Nsekera, Chair of the Women in Sport Commission, and Angela Ruggiero, Chair of the Athletes’ Commission.
As part of its effort to undertake a comprehensive review of the current state of gender equality in the Olympic Games, the IOC Executive Board approved the project at its meeting in PyeongChang (KOR) on Thursday. Fostering gender equality and strengthening women’s participation in and through sport is one of the IOC’s declared key missions.
The IOC Gender Equality Review Project is a joint initiative of the IOC’s Women in Sport and Athletes’ Commissions, and aims to raise continued awareness of the importance of gender equality within the Olympic Movement, share best practices and present initiatives to further advance gender equality both on and off the field of play. Five essential themes will be assessed: Sport; Portrayal; Funding; Governance; and Human Resources.
Chaired by Marisol Casado (ESP), the Working Group includes IOC Members, representatives of the Women in Sport Commission and Athletes’ Commission, National Olympic Committees and International Federations, bringing together members from a range of backgrounds and perspectives. It will develop recommendations and guidelines, and report its findings to the IOC’s Women in Sport and Athletes’ Commissions, with the final recommendations presented to the IOC Executive Board later this year.
Thanking the IOC, FIG President Watanabe said: “I accept Ms Nsekera’s and Ms Ruggiero’s kind invitation and I am honoured to be part of this important Working Group. I will do my very best to serve the IOC and this Working Group.”
At President Watanabe’s initiative, the FIG recently created the Women in Gymnastics Commission in its commitment to increase participation levels and improve opportunities for girls and women in Gymnastics worldwide, and to support the development of female leaders among its authorities.