Androulla Vassiliou asks for concrete actions to achieve Gender Equality in Sport at the EU conference in Vilnius, on 3-4 December 2013.
The Commissioner in charge of sport will open the event, gathering 120 representatives of European, international and national sport organisations such as the International Olympic Committee, national Olympic committees, the International Paralympic Committee, UEFA, senior advisors of national governments and the European Institute for Gender Equality.
Participants at the event will include the Lithuanian Olympic Committee president and golden Olympic medallist Daina Gudzinevičiūtė, the International Paralympic Committee President Sir Philip Craven , the International Olympic Committee Member Marisol Casado and Novella Calligaris, former world champion swimmer and Olympic medallist from Italy.
The experts will be asked to identify concrete actions on equality between women and men in sport: equal representation in sport governing bodies and coaching (of both women and men's sport), gender balance in boardrooms and on the playing field, more and better media coverage of women's sport, fight against sexual violence and harassment in sport.
The conclusions of the conference will be endorsed by the participants and addressed to the EU institutions, the sport movement and the Member States. They will also contribute to define political priorities and concrete measures in the framework of the sport chapter of Erasmus+, as well as the next EU Work Plan for Sport.
Thanks to Erasmus+, the European Commission will be able to support transnational projects to promote gender equality. The sport chapter will allocate around €265 million over the next seven years to organisations in grassroots sport. In addition to promoting gender equality, support will focus on good governance, social inclusion, dual careers for athletes and physical activity for all. The new programme will also support cross-border initiatives to tackle racism, match-fixing and doping in sport.
The results, speeches and presentations of the conference will be made available on this website soon.