Webinar: Every woman is welcome in sport - are they?

Take a stand and join us, ahead of the 2024 International Women’s Day, for a webinar on equality in sport and a discussion about the participation of women in sport across Europe.

Do all women in Europe have equal access, opportunities and experience in sport? 


Our next webinar will provide evidence that the sports sector still has equality and human rights issues, explain the challenges of many women who lack equal opportunities in sport, and offer recommendations and answer why intersectional perspective is crucial to gain a deeper understanding of the equality in sport.

Join our webinar, organised  within the framework of the EWS Committee Action plan on equality, and CHANGE and GAP Women projects. 

Date: 4 March 2024

Time: 12:00 – 13:30 CET

Location: online (Zoom)

Co Funded By Eu
Ews Project Homepage
Change Project
Gap Women

The webinar will be moderated by  Equality Within Sport Committee (EWS) Chair Sallie Barker who has paved the way for women in sport and has extensive leadership experience in national and international sport organisations. During our webinar she will welcome three experts on equality, inclusion and participation of women in sport:


Zohreh Abdollahkhani

The policy-implementation gap, a critical analysIS on IOC gender equality policies

Zohreh Abdollahkhani is a PhD research fellow in gender, sport and sustainability, University of South Eastern Norway and a Master of global sport management at Seoul National University. She is also a Former member of the Iranian ice climbing team.


Angélica Sáenz

Participation of women in sport across Europe

Angelica Saenz will share the latest results  and learnings from the ENGSO EWS  study which was implemented during 2023. The EWS Committee used an intersectional approach, taking into account six socio-demographic aspects: age, gender identity, sexual orientation, migrant background, disability and social status. This enabled a deeper look into the experiences women have within the sporting environment. 

Lovisa Broms (3)

Change Readiness in Grassroot Sport: inclusion

Lovisa Broms will present the latest research on Challenges and Change Readiness in Grassroots Sport. The research was implemented within the framework of Erasmus+ project CHANGE by the project partner Department for Sport Sciences at Malmö University, Sweden. The team conducted a background research regarding change management and innovation in contemporary grassroot sports in Europe. During the webinar Lovisa Broms will explain the key findings and outcomes of this research.

Tarja Krum

Tarja Krum will present examples and good practices on how clubs and federations have managed to create a change when it comes to inclusion of girls and women with a focus on grassroots level.

Learn more about the work of:

EWS Committee
To ensure a strong commitment to reaching these objectives, the Equality Within Sport (EWS) Committee was created as a hub of expertise on equality. The mission of EWS is to activate and inspire European sport organisations to act on equality, through active advocacy work, education and awareness-raising, strengthening cooperation with ENGSO member organisations and other sport bodies.  EWS advocates that everyone can (should!) practise sport safely and freely by promoting opportunities in all levels and sectors of sport. Only by reaching equality, we can use the full potential in sport.

CHANGE project

The main aim of the project is to develop an educational programme on innovation and change management within the organised sports movement. The programme will focus on building resilience and environmental, economic and social sustainability by focusing on: Digitalisation, Inclusion/Engagement and Sustainability. A group of experts will gather a comprehensive overview of best practices and create an interactive programme that will support the European grassroot sport movement in their work to build sustainable and innovative ways to tackle present and future challenges.


GAP Women

GAP WOMEN PROJECT is a European program lead by the Union of Sport Federations of Catalonia (UFEC), co-funded by the European Commission with the aim of eliminating the gender gap in federated sport and promoting inclusive and sustainable sport.  GAP WOMEN is firmly committed to gender equality in sport and to the inclusion of women belonging to groups at risk of social exclusion (immigrants, refugees, physically/intellectually disabled, mentally ill, victims of gender violence, long-term unemployed, etc.).


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