Researcher Angelica Saenz and EWS member Sarah Townsend (European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation, EGLSF) were in Switzerland from 26-29 July to exchange with participants and gather more answers to the on-going EWS survey.
The EWS committee of ENGSO researches the status of equality within sport by acquiring knowledge on the LGBTQI+ community in Europe. This year, the focus is on intersectionality, with a specific attention given to women in sports.
The results will serve as a basis for further education, awareness raising and change campaigns in European grassroots sport to promote visibility, equality, and inclusion in sport.
The EuroGames was a successful event with more than twenty different sports, thousands of athletes, and a very welcoming LGTBIQ+ environment. Researcher Angelica Saenz could attend sport competitions where there were a lot of women and/or included female categories of sport such as badminton, basketball, field hockey, football, petanque, table tennis, tennis, and track & field.
Despite the restricted mobile data for most of the potential respondents of the survey, the overall data collected increased by 25% during the time of the EuroGames and interviews were conducted in Bern. Participants were very engaged and interested to receive the survey results and conclusions.
The phase for data collection will remain open until the end of August. ENGSO encourages all members and partners to disseminate this questionnaire to women athletes, coaches, sport coordinators, board members, and referees.
The participation takes up to around 6 minutes. We ensure that data processing will not allow any identification of individuals and secures anonymity of data. Lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex, heterosexual, queer, demigender, and anyone who self-defines as a woman, is welcome to respond.
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