The first IBU Gender Equality in Sports Leadership Seminar was held in Warsaw, Poland on 24-26 May.
The three-day seminar was being organised by the IBU in partnership with AIOWF and the Polish Biathlon Association with the aim of developing solutions to improve gender equality and empower women leaders within biathlon. It is the first time a women-focused conference has been held in winter sports and around 100 participants from 54 countries are expected to attend.
The full agenda for the seminar can be found on this page. In order to maximize the effectiveness of this seminar, National Federations are kindly asked to delegate one representative to attend. To register for the event please click here. In order to make the seminar as productive as possible, the IBU is asking National Federations and athletes to complete a short survey. The National Federation survey can be found here and the athlete survey here.
The main goals of the seminar are to:
• Ensure better visibility of female role models across all areas of biathlon – Executive Boards, National Federations, Organising Committees and Teams
• Promote women and sport leadership networks
• Involve mentors and experts to advise women on career progression
Experts from across sport, government and academia attended the seminar and presented international best practice in the field of gender equality. Practical case-studies were shared and different perspectives on the best approaches were provided.
The seminar is the latest step taken by the IBU in fulfilling its commitment to promoting gender equality and ensuring it has a diverse leadership. Biathlon prides itself on being a sport which provides equal opportunities to male and female athletes both in terms of competition places and prize money. However, the IBU recognises more can be done and is focused on providing equal opportunities and representation of women at a leadership level.
IOC GENDER EQUALITY REVIEW PROJECT