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Gender equality

Gender equality, including equal access to opportunities and the eradication of discrimination, are core European Union (EU) values.

Achieving these goals is a key priority for the European Commission, not only with regard to sport policy, but in all policy fields in which it is active.

Promoting gender equality in sport

The Commission works with all EU Member States and national sport organisations to raise awareness about the importance of gender equality in sport. Gender equality is considered one of the founding principles of good governance in European sport organisations. Gender equality in sport is also a central principle determining the eligibility of individuals, projects and organisations for funding under the Erasmus+ programme, the main EU funding instrument for sport projects. The EU strives to provide a safe and positive sporting environment, fighting against gender-based violence in sport and negative gender stereotypes, both in sport itself and related media.

An action plan and recommendations to achieve gender equality

The Commission is committed to following the recommendations of the High Level Group on Gender Equality published in March 2022. The recommendations proposed an action plan and suggestions in 6 thematic areas

  1. participation
  2. coaching and officiating
  3. leadership
  4. social and economic aspects of sport
  5. media coverage
  6. gender-based violence
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