IAAF backs push for gender equity in leadership positions

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Last weekend's sixth edition of the Women in World Athletics (WIWA) conference in London reflects the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) push for gender equity in sports leadership, the global athletics governing body says.

The conference was held against the backdrop of last weekend’s Athletics World Cup at the London Stadium.

WIWA, which was launched by UK Athletics in 2013, has grown as a project, the IAAF says in a press statement.

The ambition to bring women from across the world of athletics together was first mentioned back in 2011 as part of the successful bid campaign to host the IAAF World Championships London 2017.

With 2017 now past, a further 40 delegates from 25 countries attended expert seminars in a number of key subject areas.

Day one of the event featured discussion on diversity, governance reform and change management, while the second day focused on more personal aspects, including building a personal brand, leadership processes and mentoring and networking opportunities.

Speakers across the weekend included Olympian and UK Athletics’ lead for diversity and equality Donna Fraser, Olympian and UK Athletics Board Member Sarah Rowell, who delivered the keynote speech at the welcome dinner.

IAAF Council Member and Chair of the IAAF’s Gender Leadership Task Force Stephanie Hightower, and Director of Sports Officials Consultancy and active football referee for 29 years, Janie Frampton also spoke.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe said in his keynote closing speech: “The sport of athletics has been one of the foremost advocates for women’s sport for almost a century.”

“It has long championed equal access to competition and equal prize money and now needs to see the same parity at administrative levels of the sport – from technical officials to coaching and board positions,'' he added.

''We have enshrined in our constitution a roadmap for reaching gender parity on the IAAF Council by 2027 with the first female Vice President being elected in 2019,'' said Coe.
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