SIGA Launches 2021/2022 Global Agenda on Female Empowerment and Leadership in Sport

London, 25 March 2021

Having delivered 3 months earlier than anticipated the 2020/2021 SIGA Global Agenda on Female Empowerment and Leadership in Sport, and building on the momentum of the inaugural SIGA Web Summit on Female Leadership in Sport,  SIGA is announcing the 2021/2022 Global Agenda today, 25 March.

Coinciding with Women’s History Month, this important public announcement reinforces SIGA’s firm commitment to instigate real cultural change in this area and transform SIGA’s “Gold Standard” from words on a page into meaningful and long-lasting reform.

SIGA has committed to making Gender Equity a key component of its reform agenda by actively developing and delivering a range of impactful projects and initiatives over the course of the coming year. This will include, but not limited to:

  • 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;
  • The expansion of the #SIGAWomen Global Mentorship Programme, which during the 2020/2021 cycle is successfully delivering mentorship in a new digital format to 50 young women in the sports industry; as well as
  • The launch of WoW (Women on Wednesdays), a brand-new monthly initiative that will ensure this issue is on the sports industry’s radar beyond International Women’s Day.

Other tangible actions to accelerate the pace of change includes: actively seeking women’s sports leagues to participate in the pilot phase of the first ever independent rating and verification system (SIRVS); as well as the development of the SIGA Sport Equality Index, an innovate instrument designed to showcase the level of female representation on the executive organs of sports organisations around the world, and encourage the much-needed reforms with the goal of achieving gender parity.

Upon the launch of the SIGA Global Agenda on Female Leadership and Empowerment in Sport, 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. 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!”


Click here to download the SIGA Global Agenda on Female Leadership and Empowerment 2021/2022.


Want to get involved?

Gender Equity is a shared global responsibility that can only be achieved through collaboration and collective action. SIGA invites all likeminded stakeholders that would like to be directly involved in the above initiatives, to contact [email protected] directly to explore synergies.


Brands: Answer SIGA’s Call!

SIGA is actively looking for commercial partners to work with us in changing the rules of the game on a global scale. If diversity and inclusion is at the heart of your organisation and you want to contribute to meaningful change in the sports industry, please contact [email protected].


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