The IOC was founded more than a century ago to harness the power of sport at the service of humanity. Traditionally, women were not allowed to participate in the Games, which were exclusively for men. Times have changed, and the IOC has played an important role in establishing a positive trend to enhance women’s participation in sport.

Over the last 30 years, the IOC has been advocating for the participation of women at all levels, encouraging National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and International Federations (IFs) to enhance the presence of women in sport at all levels.

This section offers a historical timeline of women’s participation in Olympic sport and leadership.

Sport is one of the most powerful platforms for promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls. As the leader of the Olympic Movement, the IOC has an important responsibility to take action when it comes to gender equality – a basic human right of profound importance and a Fundamental Principle of the Olympic Charter.

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Insure4Sport has conducted a national survey focusing on attitudes towards women in sport – and it uncovered some incredible findings.

Whilst the UK widely acknowledges that more should be done to promote women’s sports, sexism is still rife in the competitive sport industry, particularly among the older generation. What is arguably even more concerning is that some of the most damning responses about women in sport are from female respondents.

Let’s explore the survey’s results in full, and assess just how much progress is being made in championing the role of women in sport…

Here’s an old riddle. If you haven’t heard it, give yourself time to answer before reading past this paragraph: a father and son are in a horrible car crash that kills the dad. The son is rushed to the hospital; just as he’s about to go under the knife, the surgeon says, “I can’t operate—that boy is my son!” Explain. (Cue the final Jeopardy! music.)

If you guessed that the surgeon is the boy’s gay, second father, you get a point for enlightenment, at least outside the Bible Belt. But did you also guess the surgeon could be the boy’s mother? If not, you’re part of a surprising majority.

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When Leah Robinson was a child, she remembers having a great love of being active. But she felt discouraged from some forms of recreation due to a factor that was out of her control.

“I used to always love rough and tumble activities as a young kid, but [I would] always get pushed to the side because I was a girl,” Robinson recounted in a recent interview with Healthline.

Robinson’s experience is no fluke.

Water GHAims EuroCamp successfully took place from 26/08/2018 to1/09/2018 in Trapani, Italy in which athletes aged from 14 to 18 years old together with their coaches traveled to Italy to participate in a pilot program. The purpose of the Campus was to raise awareness among athletes, coaches and stakeholders about gender discrimination in sport industry.

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