FISU webinar highlights importance of furthering gender equality
Loreto Corbalán
April 1, 2024

In a recent webinar on gender equality organized by FISU, the importance of continuing work in this area was highlighted despite the significant progress made. The event, which took place shortly after International Women’s Day, brought together members of the FISU Gender Equality Committee, national and continental university sports federations, as well as FISU Student Ambassadors. During the session, the need to continue progressing the representation of women in sport, both on and off the field of play, was emphasized. FISU President Leonz Eder and Dr. Rosaura Méndez, member of the Gender Equality Committee, highlighted the importance of gender equality as a fundamental right and a catalyst for a more prosperous world.


Additionally, the Portuguese Academic Federation of University Sports (FADU) was recognized with the FISU Gender Equality Project Award for its “Challenge the Numbers” initiative. This initiative had the main objective of increasing the participation of women in all aspects of sport, achieving a 20% growth in the participation of student-athletes in university events and a 15% increase in the number of delegates, leaders and coaches.

Among the highlighted actions is the creation of a podcast to report on the challenges around gender equality in sport, as well as the requirement that the teams participating in the Portuguese University Games have an equal number of women and men.

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