IOC Reaches Gender Parity On Commissions
For the first time in the organisations history, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will have equal representation for both male and female members on their Commissions.
The IOC Commissions play an important role within the organisation, made up of IOC members, and a range of external experts, who focus on specific subject areas and make recommendations to the IOC president, Executive Board, and IOC sessions.
Following recent appointments made by IOC president Thomas Bach, 546 commission positions exist in the organisation, with men and women both having 273 seats.
The IOC’s current efforts to increase gender balance at the governance level are in line with recommendations made in the Olympic Agenda 2020, which is a road map for the IOC and Olympic Movement adopted in 2014, and has been succeeded by the Olympic Agenda 2020+5.
Additionally, the IOC has shown considerable growth in females in commission positions, with 20% being held by women in 2013 and almost 50% held by women in 2022.
The achievement of equal gender representation comes not only on the IOC Commission, but also in the games themselves, with Tokyo 2020 seeing 48% of the athletes being female, while a commitment is in place to see a 50/50 split between male and female at Paris 2024.
The IOC has also announced it’s first refugee athletes to be appointed to commissions, with 800m runner from Rio 2016, Yiech Pur Biel, and cyclist from Tokyo 2020, Masomah Ali Zada, taking positions.
This milestone for the IOC comes after they recorded US$7.6billion (AUD$11.6 billion) in the recent extended cycling from 2017 to 2020/21.