Gender Equality in Sport

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    UN and IOC celebrating the women reframing sport in new exhibition at the UN Office in Geneva

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  • Olympian and IOC Young Leader Javier Raya IOC Young Leaders

    Olympian and IOC Young Leader Javier Raya: “Sport is a powerful driver towards greater inclusion”

  • Pau Gasol Gender Equality

    Sports play a vital role in promoting gender equality, says Olympic medallist, basketball star and IOC Member​,​ Pau Gasol

  • Valerie Grenier (L) with Karin Harjo (R) Gender Equality

    A coach’s role is to create an environment for success, says Mikaela Shiffrin’s new head coach Karin Harjo

  • Figure Skating Harlem Gender Equality

    Figure Skating in Harlem receives IOC Women and Sport Trophy 2021 for the Americas

  • One Win Leads to Another IOC News

    IOC and UN Women launch new Gender Equality Through Sport initiative in New York

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    Panama NOC taking the lead on safe sport

  • Katie Allen Gender Equality

    Want to be a woman coach? You need to push past the pain, says Olympic gold medallist and men’s hockey coach, Katie Allen

  • Gender Equality

    Paris 2024: The first Games to achieve full gender parity

  • Jessica Fox of Australia speaks to her mother and coach Myriam Fox Gender Equality

    Women coaches: Creating a pathway for future generations


Sport is one of the most powerful platforms for promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls.

Great progress has been made in terms of balancing the total number of athletes participating at the Games

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As the leader of the Olympic Movement, the IOC is taking continuous action to advance gender equality.

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Female Coaches

The IOC is committed to addressing the challenge and to supporting Olympic Movement stakeholders to find pathways for more women to reach the highest levels of coaching. Increasing the visibility of elite coaches who have broken those barriers and who are role models for more women to follow their lead is itself a goal.
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Commission and Community

Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commission
The Commission advises the IOC Session, the IOC Executive Board and the IOC President on the implementation of the gender equality and inclusion strategy to enable them to make informed and balanced decisions to advance gender equality in sport on and off the field of play across the three spheres of responsibility of the IOC: the IOC as an organisation, the IOC as owner of the Olympic Games, and the IOC as leader of the Olympic Movement.
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A gender-equality community
An IOC LinkedIn community group has been created for individuals working in the Olympic movement who are committed to closing the gender gap in sport. The group is a place to share best practices, success stories, lesson learned, news and events, and fosters a solutions-based approach to achieving gender equality both on and off the field of play.

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Advocacy and Support


  • Documents
    • Gender Equality and Inclusion Objectives 2021-2024
      18 Jan 2022 · 7 pages · Pdf · pdf (360689)

    • IOC Gender Equality and Inclusion Portrayal Guidelines
      12 Nov 2021 · 26 pages · Pdf · PDF (2014743)

    • IOC Gender Equality and Inclusion Report 2021
      01 Jan 0001 · Pdf · pdf (3124 Ko)

    • IOC Gender Equality Review Project
      13 Nov 2020 · 36 pages · Pdf · pdf (2.1 Mo)

    • IOC Toolkit on Safeguarding Athletes from harassment and abuse in sport
      13 Nov 2020 · 106 pages · Pdf · pdf (7.5 Mo)

    • Factsheet "Women in the Olympic Movement"
      09 Dec 2021 · 6 pages · Pdf · pdf (193 Ko)

    • Los Angeles Declaration (2012)
      13 Nov 2020 · 3 pages · Pdf · pdf (126 Ko)

    • 5th IOC World Conference on Women and Sport Report
      13 Nov 2020 · 79 pages · Pdf · pdf (2.8 Mo )

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Fairness, Inclusion and Non-Discrimination
The IOC Framework on Fairness, Inclusion and Non-discrimination aims to help sports bodies provide pathways to inclusion in elite sport for all athletes, without discriminating on the basis of gender identity or sex variations, while defining disproportionate advantage in ways that preserve meaningful and fair competition.
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IOC safe sport initiatives
The IOC firmly believes that harassment and abuse have no place in sport or in society, and advocates for safe sport, as the safety and wellbeing of athletes are paramount. Since 2004, the IOC has been developing programmes and initiatives to safeguard athletes from harassment and abuse in sport.
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