SIGA put female empowerment and leadership at centre of sports integrity drive

March 26 – Global sports integrity body SIGA has followed on from its successful Female Leadership in Sport summit with the launch of a series of initiatives and principles in line with its commitment to making gender equity a key component of the body’s reform agenda.

Included in SIGA’s initiatives are the introduction of a Gender Parity rule in the composition of all SIGA internal organs, starting with the elections for the SIGA Council, on 10 May 2021.

SIGA said it is also expanding its #SIGAWomen global mentorship programme in a digital format to 50 young women in the sports industry, as well as the launch of WoW (Women on Wednesdays), a monthly initiative that SIGA said “will ensure (female empowerment) issues are on the sports industry’s radar beyond International Women’s Day”.

The initiative “will showcase thought leadership initiatives protagonised by female executives, senior industry leaders, sportswomen and influencers who will address, from a female prism, the most critical integrity challenges facing contemporary Sports,” says SIGA.

SIGA Global CEO, Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros, said: “There are less women at the top table of international sports federations today than just two years ago. This is not acceptable and has got to change. Sport must move forward; not backwards.

“We call upon all sports leaders and the entire sports industry, including sports organisations, sponsors, and media partners, to walk the talk. Join SIGA’s efforts, participate in the #SIGAWomen initiatives and support our mutual goal for gender equity, diversity and inclusion in Sport!”

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