Norwegian sport setting new goal for gender balance within elected positions

Despite numerous measures, initiatives and projects over the last years with the aim of increasing gender balance amongst both administrative and elected top leaders in Norwegian sport, the numbers of female elected leaders within the 55 National Sports Federations and the 11 Regional Sports Confederations have been relative low. Today's status quo is 13,6% (9 of 66) elected female leaders within these bodies. Due to this situation, at their November 2020 meeting, the Executive Board of our member, the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF) decided to set a concrete goal for this group of 66 elected sports leaders, where the percentage of female elected leaders should reach a minimum of 40% before 1 May 2023.

"We have worked strategically on the gender equality field for many years now, and despite numerous actions and measures, the overall numbers regarding the top leaders’ level have unfortunately disappointed us. There is no surprise that we want to see an effect of the work we do. I strongly believe that setting this concrete goal with a deadline will help us push the positive effects and to keep up the pressure towards reaching the goal of minimum 40% female leaders among the 66 elected leaders of the National Federations and the Regional Confederations by May 2023,” - says Anja Rynning Veum, Head of NIF’s Sport for All Department and member of the ENGSO Equality Within Sport (EWS) Committee.

A Working Group has also been established to follow up on this concrete goal and the NIF Gender Barometer will monitor the development of this work during the time period towards May 2023.