Gender Equality in Sport



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

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.

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.

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.

Advocacy and Support


Gender Equality and Inclusion Objectives 2021-202406 Jun 2023 · 7 pages · Pdf
IOC Gender Equality and Inclusion Portrayal Guidelines06 Jun 2023 · 26 pages · Pdf · 5,98 MB
IOC Gender Equality and Inclusion Report 202106 Jun 2023 · 30 pages · Pdf · 3124 kB
IOC Gender Equality Review Project06 Jun 2023 · 36 pages · Pdf · 2,1 MB
IOC Toolkit on Safeguarding Athletes from harassment and abuse in sport06 Jun 2023 · 106 pages · Pdf · 7,5 MB
Factsheet "Women in the Olympic Movement"06 Jun 2023 · 6 pages · Pdf · 193 kB
Los Angeles Declaration (2012)06 Jun 2023 · 3 pages · Pdf · 126 kB
5th IOC World Conference on Women and Sport Report06 Jun 2023 · 79 pages · Pdf · 2,8 MB

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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.

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.