ANOC Celebrates International Women’s Day

ANOC today joined National Olympic Committees (NOCs) around the world in celebrating International Women’s Day and the invaluable contribution women make to the advancement of the Olympic Movement.

The theme of International Women’s Day 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” ANOC fully supports equal opportunity for women in leadership roles and is currently reviewing initiatives to further improve gender balance on its Executive Council. As it stands there is at least one female representative per Continent on the Executive Council.

In addition, ANOC fully supports the calls made by the IOC within the newly published Olympic Agenda 2020+5 for NOCs, IFs and OCOGs to implement the IOC Gender Equality and Inclusion objectives for 2021-2024 around five focus areas (Participation, Leadership, Safe Sport, Portrayal, Resource Allocation).

ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg said:

“International Women’s Day is an occasion to celebrate the achievements of women in sport but also to raise awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve equality. The IOC has led the way with the IOC Gender Equality Review Project and NOCs around the world have made excellent progress but of course we all recognise that there is more to be done. This year’s theme is an important reminder that gender equality in sport goes beyond gender equality on the field of play. We have a collective responsibility to do more to provide equal opportunity for women and men to succeed across all levels of sport, whether it as athletes, leaders of organisations or as referees, coaches or other officials.”

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