#FRIDAYFOCUS ‘Advancing Women in Leadership Roles’ Forum & IOC Women and Sport Awards

Posted On 10th November 2017

‘Advancing Women in Leadership Roles’ Forum

Last month EHF President Marijke Fleuren attended the ‘Advancing Women in Leadership Roles’ Forum, organised jointly by the National Olympic Committee of Lithuania and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Attended by 200 participants from 38 National Olympic Committees, the IOC, the EOC and other international organisations, the forum held panels such as ‘It’s time for women to run the office’, ‘Good governance: Everybody should get involved’, ‘Education: a tool to foster Leadership’ and ‘Special measures: A Solution?’.


The event was officially opened by Daina Gudzinevičiūtė, the President of LNOC together with Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, Janez Kocijančič, Acting President of the EOC, and Snežana Samardžič-Markovič, the Council of Europe’s Director General of DG Democracy.

Marijke said of the topic:  “In sport we don’t have to act in isolation to society. We have to build a positive momentum for the cause of gender equality because it’s a human right. As Thomas Bach stresses repeatedly: It’s just not logical to ignore 50% of the intelligence and knowledge of 50% of the population. You have to show leadership to get gender balance. It is now a fundamental principle of good governance – but we must reinforce this message by delivering on promises. We must also recognise the importance of young people. If we give them the right education, opportunities and tools and by creating positive role models, we can make significant steps to improving gender parity across all levels of sport.”

Thomas Bach, President of the IOC


IOC Women and Sport Awards

This week another important event took place, with Marijke Fleuren in attendance to celebrate six role models and change-makers in advancing women in and through sport. Now in its 17th year, the IOC Women and Sport Awards are given to women, men or organisations ‘who have made remarkable contributions to the development, encouragement and reinforcement of women’s participation in sport’. We congratulate particularly the Winner for Europe, former European Commissioner for Sport, Androulla Vassiliou from Cyprus who has been instrumental in placing gender equality in sport within European Union policy-making.


L-R: Lydia Nsekers (Burundi, Chair), Beatrice Allen (Gambia, IOC Member), Julie Payette (Canada, former astronaut), Aicha Garad Ali ( Djibouti) and Marijke Fleuren



We are proud of the progress that has been made in hockey, our ‘Gender Amazing’ sport. In April 2017 in Barcelona the Executive Board of the European Hockey Federation signed up together to support the HeforShe policy.  This policy supports the idea that together men and women have to work on gender equality.



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