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The ladies'' mass sprint in the 2018 Winter Olympics at Gangneung Oval. Japan''s Nana Takagi won gold. © Getty Images

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IOC Press Release: International Women’s Day – IOC setting the stage for lasting change in sport

Date : 10 Mar 2018

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 8, 2018: In support of International Women’s Day on March 8 and the call to action to #pressforprogress, the IOC is launching today an overview of 25 key recommendations from its Gender Equality Review Project which focus on changing the conversation about women in sport – from participation to representation and decision-making.

Covering five key areas – sport, portrayal, funding, governance and human resources – the 25 recommendations not only create an actionable roadmap to work with all of the IOC’s partners and affiliates around the world to advance gender equality but also reflect the efforts already underway by the IOC, National Olympic Committees and International Federations to promote greater participation, decision-making and leadership by women across all aspects of sport – to reflect and drive lasting change.

“We are certain that, through the implementation of the 25 IOC Gender Equality Recommendations, we, as the Olympic Movement – athletes, officials, commissions, federations and executives – can take real steps to enact effective change together,” said IOC President Thomas Bach.

“It is not just the right thing to do. It is in the interest of us all – the fans, the families and every girl and woman who has been able to fully realise her dreams through athletic participation. “As the leader of the Olympic Movement, the IOC has an important responsibility to take action when it comes to gender equality – a basic human right of profound importance and a fundamental principle of the Olympic Charter.”

The release of the 25 recommendations today not only underscores the ongoing commitment of the IOC to achieving gender equality in all aspects of sport but also ties into the International Women’s Day call to action to #pressforprogress on gender parity. 

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