IBU establishes IBU Gender Equality Working Group

IBU establishes IBU Gender Equality Working Group

The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has established the IBU Gender Equality Working Group (GEC) to help guide and advise the federation on strategies and policies that will enhance gender equality at all levels of biathlon.

The Working Group met for the first time by videoconference in August to discuss its responsibilities and set short-term and long-term goals. Its role will be to ensure that the IBU’s gender equality policy is created and implemented in line with international standards and will be focused on four priority areas:

  • Equal representation and gender sensitivity in decision making.
  • Equal representation and gender equality in coaching and teaching in sport.
  • The fight against gender violence in sport and the role of sport in preventing gender violence.
  • The fight against negative gender stereotypes in sport and the promotion of positive role models and the role of media in this perspective.

IBU Development Director Dagmara Gerasimuk said:

“The creation of the IBU Gender Equality Working Group is a critical step forward in our journey towards achieving gender equality within biathlon. Upgrading our governing principles and regulations is a key objective of Target 26, and this Working Group will play a vital role in advising the IBU on international best practice and developing our gender equality policy.

“We know that if we are to achieve our sport’s full potential, we must embrace the diverse experience, expertise and insight that all members of the biathlon family bring, men and women. The Gender Equality Working Group will help us do that and ensure that biathlon challenges gendered stereotypes, strengthens the fight against gender violence, improves opportunities and strives for equal representation within our decision making bodies.”

The members of the Working Group were selected by the IBU Executive Board and comprise male and female representatives with diverse experience and expertise related to gender equality. Former Norwegian athlete and Professor Emerita at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo, Norway, Kari Fasting, is serving as the body’s external expert. Fasting has conducted research into equality and diversity in sport and sexual harassment and abuse in sport and has worked as an expert consultant for a host of major organizations including the IOC, UNICEF and the EU. The full composition of the Working Group can be found below:

Daniel Boehm - IBU Staff, former athlete

Dr. Sarah Dentry-Travis - Board Member of the Canadian Biathlon Federation

Sofia Domeij - President of Swedish Biathlon Federation

Kari Fasting - Norwegian School of Sports Science (expert)

Darya Leosh - Secretary-General of Belarus Biathlon Federation

Greg McKenna - Head of Biathlon Integrity Union

Karin Orgeldinger - Executive Board Member Sports and General Manager - Biathlon and Nordic Skiing DSV

Tapio Pukki - Secretary-General of Finnish Biathlon Association

Emőke Szőcs - Hungarian Team Coach (Nordic Director)

Co-expert Irina Gladkikh - International Olympic Committee