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22 January 2016 | in Education, Gender Equality

FISU present at Kick-off Meeting -Balance in Sport-



STRASBOURG - On 21 January, FISU took part in the kick of meeting of ‘Balance in Sport (BIS): tools to implement Gender Equality’. FISU was amongst the few international sports federations attending the meeting. The project will run throughout the year 2016.

Ms Marja Ruotanen, Director of Human Dignity and Equality and Mr. Stanislas Frossard, Head of EPAS Executive Secretary, Head of the Sport Division presented the project and the methodology that will lead adaption of indicators.

Kolë Gjeloshaj, FISU Director of Educational Services took also part in the launching ceremony for the three projects the European Union and the council of Europe are cooperating in 2016. The two other projects are: ‘Keep crime out of sport: together against criminal manipulations of sports competitions’ (IKCOOS) and ‘Promoting the Council of Europe standards on safety, security and service at football matches and other sport events’ (ProS4).

FISU invited representatives of the Council of Europe the present the ‘Balance in Sport’ project during the next FISU Forum to be held from 4 to 9 July, in Montpellier, France.

The Council of Europe is presenting the BIS project in which FISU is taking part as follows:


Why the BIS Project?

Despite a de jure equality, women are still underrepresented in sport. As part of its gender mainstreaming strategy the Council of Europe seeks to develop tools to reach a real gender equality in sport. Thus the Council of Europe designed a new and innovative project entitled ‘Balance in Sport (BIS) – Tools to implement Gender Equality’. BIS aims to identify and test generally agreed Gender Equality indicators in sports which will enable a uniform approach to collect relevant data on Gender Equality (GE) and impact on the design of policies to redress persisting inequalities. It will map the de facto sports situation, including leadership, coaching, media, participation and violence. During the project tools will be developed to facilitate the implementation and use of these indicators by public authorities in charge of sport and sport organisations.

The project will be implemented with the financial support of the European Commission and of the Council of Europe, in co-operation with partner organisations and relevant stakeholders.


Objectives of the Kick-off Event

The kick-off event is designed in an interactive way engaging participants to exchange information and share relevant expertise, views and good practice examples.

Specifically, the event aims to:

- inform about the BIS project;

- involve partners in identifying/ developing generally agreed GE indicators in sport;

- develop with partners ideas on tools/ trainings on the use of GE indicators in sport.


The indicators will be focusing on five areas:

- Coaching;

- Leadership;

- Media;

- Participation;

- Violence.


(Source: Kolë Gjeloshaj, Director Educational Services)