The "ALL IN - Towards gender balance in sport" project has come to an end

Updated: Nov 19, 2019

On the 10th September the final conference of the “ALL IN - Towards gender balance in sport” project was held in Brussels. ENGSO’s Secretary General, Kaisa Larjomaa and Special Advisor, Sallie Barker were in attendance. Sallie Barker has been ENGSO's representative in the initiative, and in this report she summarises what happened in the project in the past 1,5 years and at the final event.

This joint project between the Council of Europe and the European Union, together with partner organisations, aimed at leveling the playing field in the gender inequalities that still persist in many aspects of the sports' world. From coaching to administration, from participation to media representation, from grassroots to elite sport, progress in Europe remains slow and fragmented.

Based on the standards adopted by the participating organisations, ALL IN provides support to public authorities and sports organisations when designing and implementing policies and programmes aimed at tackling gender inequalities in sport and adopting gender mainstreaming strategies.

There were two parts to the project. Firstly, the collection of data on gender equality in sport - on leadership, coaching, petition, media and gender-based violence, in order to monitor the progress, allow comparisons between countries and sports, and to help design evidence-based policies. Secondly, the project consortium produced concrete materials and developed activities to support policy making and drive change.

At the final conference, the evidence was produced in the form of 16 country leaflets which contained data on the position of women in sport in each country. It makes sobering reading but allows a benchmark to be set to monitor future progress. In addition, an interactive website was launched which included awareness raising tools, a toolkit on gender mainstreaming and an online library of practices and resources on gender equality and gender mainstreaming in sport. The library contains over 95 examples of practices and resources, 25 of which are creative and inspiring in how they have addressed gender equality.

Following the presentation of the final results, the delegates of the final conference discussed what should happen next. A key recommendation was to communicate and promote the data and tools through events and meetings. In addition, we wanted to extend the data collection to other countries and sports in Europe, so a fuller picture of women in sport could be obtained. Finally, it was proposed that the data collection should be repeated every 4 years, so that progress can be measured. The Council of Europe committed to take these actions forward, working alongside the UNESCO Observatory on Women and Sport which is about to be established.

Overall, everyone thought that the ALL IN project had been very successful and the ways of working and final results were a positive example of great collaboration between the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the participating countries.

Have a look at the project's analytical report by clicking here.

Photos from the closing event in Brussels

Further reading:

General project presentation

Project report

Analytical report

Closing event presentation_Kari Fasting

Closing event presentation_ Feasibility study on the establishment of a Global Observatory for women, Sport Physical Education Physical Activity _Kari Fasting

Closing event presentation_Oriol Freixa Matalonga

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