Succession Planning and Gender Equity in Sport Climbing (Administration and Competition)

Project/Policy/Event title:

Gender Equality and Succession Planning for the IFSC  2016

Implementation date:

February 5, 2016


National Federations, athletes as well as the Commissions and Board of the IFSC and sponsor partners

Project/Policy overview:

We started with gender equity in our sport with having equal prize money for men and women from the very beginning. Additionally, we have equal participation from men and women and equal exposure during our competitions. We also believe it is important to have gender equity in the administration of our sport.

A strategic plan was created to develop gender equity in the administration of sport climbing at both the National and International levels of the IFSC. We encourage gender equity on our technical commissions. Currently two women sit on the Executive Board of the IFSC.  Our plan is to look for and develop leadership and talent for both genders; focusing specifically on female athletes and female national leaders to move into leadership positions at the international level.

According to a recent IOC survey on gender equity approximately 6% of International Federations have women in the position of Treasurer. 15% of the IFS have a woman as the Secretary General. The IFSC currently has Debra Gawrych as the Secretary-General of the IFSC.  Maria Izquierdo, President of the Pan American Council is the newest female member of the Executive Board in early summer 2015.

Additionally, the IFSC Officers and Continental Council Presidents are working to promote gender equity at the National Federation level encouraging involvement of women in official, administrative and political governance capacity. There has been a large shift in the number of women in attendance at the annual Plenary Assembly and in official training course.  This year a Canadian business-woman started the first International training camp/clinic for world class level athletes. It was a tremendous success and will be a blueprint for more clinics in following years.

The IFSC staff is currently 66% female.

Contact Information:

Ms. Debra Gawrych, Secretary-General, IFSC, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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