Following the announcement of the 2020/ 2021 SIGA Global Agenda for Female Empowerment and Leadership in Sport, coinciding with the first anniversary of the inaugural match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, SIGA officially opens today the candidature process for its Global Female Mentorship Programme for Aspiring Female Leaders in Sport.

Initially announced in 2018, at the SIGA Special Session held in Paris on the eve of International Women’s Day, SIGA is launching today a worldwide, action-orientated mentorship programme to support and encourage future female leaders in Sport to achieve their potential.

Open to women aged 24 or over, the programme is designed to promote future leaders in sport and foster greater gender diversity within the industry, in line with SIGA’s Universal Standards on Good Governance. Teaching vital leadership skills and creating insightful experiences, the programme will offer the chosen candidates invaluable opportunities of learning first-hand from their assigned mentor what it takes to become a leader.

Given the current challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the programme will be carried out in a brand-new digital format, allowing mentors and mentees to connect from all over the world.

The mentees and mentors will be announced during the first-ever SIGA Sport Integrity Week, taking place on 7 to 11 September 2020, during which an interactive digital workshop will take place, introducing the mentees to the mentors and setting the agenda for the programme ahead.

The application process for the 2020/2021 SIGA Global Mentorship Programme for Aspiring Female Leaders in Sport is open until 28th August. To apply, interested candidates should send a cover letter and brief CV to

Upon the opening of the Programme, Katie Simmonds, General Counsel & Senior Director, Global Partnerships of SIGA, and General Counsel of SIGA America, said:

“If we are to instigate meaningful cultural change, then the current female leaders in the sports world, together with male leaders, have a responsibility to support the next generation of aspiring female leaders. Leadership has no gender. It is driving forward the current agenda with a vision ahead. This is what SIGA is doing and we ask you to join us. Be the protagonists of the changes you want to foster in the board room. Now is not a time to celebrate being an exception. Rather, it is time to level the playing field with concrete actions that pave the way for real governance changes in the world of sport.”

SIGA STRIVES Measure 26 will be announced later this week. Stay tuned.