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High Level Group on Gender Equality in sport

The European Commission establishes a High Level Group composed of 15 experts in the field of gender equality in sport
Published 7 December 2020

Source: European Union 2020

The new EU Gender Equality Strategy 2021-2025 promotes a European Union where women and men, girls and boys, in all their diversity

  • are free to pursue their chosen path in life
  • have equal opportunities to thrive
  • can equally participate in and lead our European society

Sport should be no exception. We witness more and more women participating in sport activities in Europe, but still a lot needs to be done regarding

  • women’s participation in sport
  • female coaches
  • women’s representation in decision-making processes
  • media coverage
  • gender-based violence

The European Commission (EC) adopted in 2013 the Gender Equality - Proposal for strategic actions 2014-2020, a reference document in this field. Since its timeframe is coming to an end, this is the perfect opportunity to discuss the way forward and to boost gender equality in sport.

In this context, the EC decided to establish a High Level Group (HLG) composed of experienced and distinguished individuals in the field of gender equality in sport.

Among the 81 candidates who applied to the call for selection of experts, 15 highly qualified individuals were selected.

The EC will officially launch the High Level Group at the beginning of 2021, with a first meeting in February. Members of the HLG will meet approximately every two months to make proposals to the EC, Member States and the Sport Movement in the field of gender equality in sport. The work of these experts will lead to the implementation of concrete actions at national and European level.

Congratulations to the selected experts!

Surname First Name
ČORAK Sanda
HEINILÄ Terhi
FLEUREN-VAN-WALSEM Marijke
MONAMI Dominique
PRETS Christina 
WENTA  Bogdan
GREGORIUS Sarah
BOKEL Claudia
KEANE Sarah
BOZKURT Emine
CASADO Marisol
GJELOSHAJ Kole
VERTOMMEN Tine
DELORME Nicolas
TOWNSEND Sarah

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