New Gender Equality Targets and Athletes' Commission Established by Faroese Confederation of Sports and Olympic Committee
At the recent Faroese Confederation of Sports and Olympic Committee [FCSOC] General Assembly, a number of positives initiatives were unanimously agreed.
The first concerns approval of a new gender equality strategy that will see the FCSOC and its Member Federations ensure a minimum 30/70 gender split in board membership by 2025, rising to a minimum 40/60 split by 2030. This will ensure no gender - male or female - has more than 60 per cent board representation by 2030. In addition, the FCSOC has also committed to establishing an Athletes’ Commission by autumn 2019.
Commenting on the gender equality targets, FCSOC President Elin Heðinsdóttir Joensen said:
“I am delighted that our Board has unanimously approved an important new gender equality strategy. Seven of our 24 sports federations already meet our new gender equality targets for 2025, while three federations meet our 2030 goal, so we are already travelling on this important journey. Importantly, the targets we are now committed to delivering will see our federations, and the FCSOC Board, actually exceed the IOC’s targets by 2030. This sends out a very strong and clear message about how seriously we take gender equality in Faroese sport.”
Jon Hestoy, Vice President of the FCSOC added:
“In addition to agreeing important new gender equality targets, the FCSOC is also committed to establishing an Athletes’ Commission and we aim to have this in place by the autumn. This will be important in ensuring the athletes’ voice is heard loud and clear in everything the FCSOC does. These developments demonstrate the clear commitment of the Faroe Islands to the Olympic values and vision articulated in Agenda 2020 and the Olympic Charter and I very much hope it’s another milestone in our quest for Olympic recognition.”
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