IBU Gender Equality Strategy establishes action plan for greater equality in biathlon

IBU Gender Equality Strategy establishes action plan for greater equality in biathlon

The International Biathlon Union (IBU), today on International Women’s Day, published its new Gender Equality Strategy 2021-2026, which sets out the framework for how gender equality will be promoted at all levels of biathlon.

In line with the IBU Gender Equality Policy, the strategy defines and targets three core stakeholder groups – the IBU as an organisation, IBU events, and the global biathlon family – and three focus areas – Governance, Sport and Portrayal. For each of the focus areas the strategy establishes a clear programme for delivery with objectives, actions, responsibilities and deadlines. The full strategy can be found here.

As part of the IBU’s commitment to gender equality, the IBU announced it will host the virtual IBU Gender Equality Online Seminar for National Federations in April 2021. The Seminar is organized in cooperation with the ESCP Europe Business School Berlin and is focused on the topic of “Unconscious bias” and will provide information on how to address and overcome it.

IBU President Olle Dahlin said:

“At the IBU we recognise the invaluable role both women and men have played in the development of our sport. In competition, biathlon has very high standards when it comes to gender equality but outside of competition there is more to be done. Addressing this imbalance is precisely why we have developed our Gender Equality Strategy 2021-2026. Now with our strategy, we have established clear activities and timelines for how we will affect positive change.”

The IBU has been invited to present how it developed its Gender Equality Policy, Strategy and action plan during the IOC, ASOIF and AIOWF Gender Equality Webinar Series on 16 March. The Webinar Series will be held on 15, 16 and 22 March 2021 and will provide the IBU with an opportunity to learn from other IF’s experiences as well as share its own.

IBU Development Director Dagmara Gerasimuk, who played a central role in the development of the IBU Gender Equality Policy, added:

“Equality between women and men is a fundamental principle of our organisation that will help us grow and extend our reach. But Gender Equality is not just about quotas, it is about changing the way women and men think about sport, demonstrating how fulfilling roles in sport can be, making sports accessible to all, educating about gender differences and respecting both genders.”

The IBU Gender Equality Strategy outline activities to achieve the following objectives:

•   IBU to achieve 20% representation of women on the Executive Board and Technical Committee by 2022
•   IBU to achieve a minimum of 30% representation of women on the Executive Board and Technical Committee by 2026
•   IBU to achieve 30% applications from men and women to IBU Committees, Working Groups
•   100% NFs with a gender equality or diversity policy by 2022
•   IBU to achieve 30% representation of women in IBU Congress (NFs delegations)

•   Increase the number of women as volunteers and employed Coaches to 30%
•   A minimum of 25% of all new IRs and TDs shall be female by 2026. IBU supports diversity and gender equality in OCs.
•   Keep the existing balance in international competition participation, formats and technical rules, and equal payment
•   Safe biathlon free from harassment and abuse
•   Zero tolerance of discrimination

•   Balanced media portrayal of both genders at the IBU level
•   Balanced media portrayal of both genders at the IBU members and partners level

The launch of the strategy follows the publication of the IBU Gender Equality Policy which was published last month and developed by the IBU Gender Equality Working Group. The Working Group is made up of female and male representatives with diverse experience and expertise related to gender equality.