How can DATA make the case for gender equality?

27 Mar '19 Wed 10:00 CET03/29/2019 12:00am EuroGender Online Discussion public How can DATA make the case for gender equality? Europe/Vilnius 03/27/2019 11:00am
28 Mar '19 Thu 23:00 CET

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Maris Goldmanis's picture

I think that one absolutely crucial observation is the very high level of segregation of new PhDs by field. While there might be (near) balance in the overall numbers of women and men getting doctoral degrees, women are still a small minority in engineering, information technology, and the 'hard' sciences. Given that funding tends to be concentrated in these fields (mostly for objective reasons, such as expensive equipment), it is unlikely that power balance will be achieved without addressing this segregation.

Ligia Nobrega

Many thanks for your comment Maris and welcome to our discussion.

Segregation is also taken seriously by EIGE's studies and reflected as much as possible on the Gender Statistics Database.

Ligia Nobrega

I am posting another reply to your comment Maris on behalf of Roberta who is also facing some technical issues.

`Segregation is being addressed. Girls are encouraged girls to pursue a career in STEM ( among others look at what H2020 Funded project Hypatia is doing).  

Thank you for your comments and questions.`

Irina Ulcica's picture

Dear all, I am afraid time has flown by and it is time for us to move to the last point on our agenda. Thank you once again to our guest speaker, Roberta Pattono, for providing us with such a useful insight into the work which DG RTD has been doing in this area!

Irina Ulcica's picture

We would now like to turn our attention to explore a new set of data on women and men in decision-making in the area of sport, a domain that is largely male-dominated. We would like to invite our guest speaker for this session, Clotilde Talleu from the Council of Europe, to tell us a bit about the work the Council of Europe is doing on advancing gender equality in sportsOver to you Clotilde.

Ligia Nobrega's picture

Many thanks Roberta. It was really great to have you and all the relevant information you were able to share

Clotilde Talleu's picture

Good afternoon everyone!

I am very pleased to take part in this online discussion “Data in focus - Decision-making in Sports”. And I would like to warmly thank EIGE for the invitation.

Clotilde Talleu's picture

I am currently running a European Union and Council of Europe’s joint project entitled “ALL IN: Towards gender balance in sport”, which mainly aims at running a broad data collection campaign on gender equality in sport, covering 6 strategic fields:

·         Leadership

·         Coaching

·         Participation (from grassroots et elite sport)

·         Media / communication

·         Gender-based violence

·         Policies and programmes addressing gender equality in sport

Therefore, leadership / decision-making in sport is one of the topics addressed by the ALL IN project.

Clotilde Talleu's picture

We closely co-operate with EIGE on this data collection campaign, as EIGE has collected data on decision-making positions in the field of sport in the 27 EU member States. In order not to reinvent the wheel, we use these data and a large part of their indicators apply to our project. Indeed, within the framework of the ALL IN project, data are also collected in non-EU member States.

Ligia Nobrega's picture

Hello Clotilde,

Welcome and thank you so much for honouring us with your participation. Allow me to introduce you as a 

Senior Project Manager at the Council of Europe (Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport) / PhD in social sciences

In charge of the European Union and Council of Europe’s “ALL IN: Towards gender balance” joint project.

Involved in the field of gender equality in sport since 2011 (handbook on good practices “Gender equality in sports”, Council of Europe publishing, 2011; project manager EU-COE joint project “Balance in sport. Tools to implement gender equality”).

Clotilde Talleu's picture

Why do we collect data on gender equality in sport?

  • Collecting data is a key step for supporting the development of evidence-based sport policies and programmes, and for adopting a gender mainstreaming approach. This project is fully in line with the recommendation adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on gender mainstreaming in sport (2015).

With this data collection, our objective is to support public authorities and sports organisations to develop (more) gender sensitive sport policies.

  • Collecting data on a regularly basis is also an important process to monitor the progress in the field of gender equality in sport and to map persisting challenges
  • It allows comparisons between countries and sport
  • Data can also be used to increase awareness on gender inequality in sport
Clotilde Talleu's picture

The ALL IN data collection campaign is currently on-going in 16 member States of the CoE or member States of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS): Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Portugal, Spain, and The Netherlands. The three last countries – Greece, Israel and Serbia – should launch their data collection campaign soon.

The results are expected for most of the countries by 30 April 2019.

Irina Ulcica

We look forward to seeing the results!

Clotilde Talleu's picture

To be a little bit more specific,

two types of data are collected in the 6 strategic fields I have already mentioned:

  • Quantitative data on the participation of girls/women and boys/men to the sports world (sex-disagreggated data)
  • Qualitative data on policies and programmes addressing gender inequality in sport
Clotilde Talleu's picture

In each country, three target groups are currently providing their data:

  • The Ministry / government department responsible for sport
  • The National Olympic Committee
  • The National Federations of Olympic sport
Clotilde Talleu's picture

That’s it for my short presentation of the ALL IN project. Of course, I remain at your disposal should you have any question or need further information!

Irina Ulcica's picture

Thank you very much for your presentation Clotilde, it is very interesting to hear more about this campaign and to see how EIGE’s data on decision-making in sport has been used to support this. Are there any premilinary findings which you are able to share with us from the data collection campaign? 

Ligia Nobrega's picture

Many thanks  Clotilde for sharing so many relvant insights about the Council of Europe's project. This is an area where gender equality as a cross cutting issue also matters.

Clotilde Talleu's picture

Unfortunately, not yet. The data collection campaign started on 1st March; but the process is going quite well. In some countries, we have already received 60% of the expected responses :-)

Ligia Nobrega

That is great Clotilde.
EIGE is also publishing data on sports from today on its Gender Statistics Database. The new indicators will be monitored regularly. This is a dimension of social power which will be considered in EIGE's Gender Equality Index from this year's edition on. 

Irina Ulcica's picture

The newly added data sets available on EIGE's Gender Statistics Database focus on women and men in decision making in national sports federations of the top 10 most funded and top 10 most popular Olympic sports in each EU Member State. The indicators can be found here (these data were collected by EIGE in 2018):


Irina Ulcica's picture

There are interestings findings on decision-making in national sports federations that can be drawn from the data:

  • 2018 data on national sports federations based on a sample of top ten most popular Olympic sports in each country show that women accounted for 5.3% of presidents, 16.1% of members, 16.8% of deputy/vice-presidents, and 19.7% of executive heads.
  • The situation varies considerably between countries. Sweden (46.8%) is the only Member State with gender-balanced members. Whilst France, Finland, United Kingdom and Netherlands also have at least 25% women in the highest decision-making bodies, at the other end of the spectrum, women accounted for less than one in ten members in ten Member States (EL, HU, HR, EE, CZ, SK, MT, PL, CY, and SI).
Irina Ulcica's picture

In addition, the share of women in the decision-making bodies of the federations of the top ten most popular sports across the EU Member States increased by 2.5 pp from 13.6 % in 2015 to 16.1 % in 2018.

Clotilde Talleu's picture

Interesting findings indeed, that show that progress remains slow in decision-making positions; in particular, in top positions.

Irina Ulcica's picture

In terms of the top ten most funded Olympic sports, the following findings can be drawn:

  • The 2018 data on national sports federations based on this sample in each country show that women represented 6.7% of presidents, 17.6% of vice-presidents, 17.8% members and 23.6% of executive heads.
  • Again, variations can be seen across Member States. Women and men were equally represented as members across the organisations covered in Sweden (49.5% and 50.5%, respectively). Whilst the members of sports federations in France and the United Kingdom also had at least a third women (36.9% and 35.6%, respectively), women accounted for less than one in ten (<10%) in Czech Republic, Estonia, Croatia, Cyprus, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, and Slovakia.
Irina Ulcica's picture

Opening the floor to all participants, how could these messages be used to highlight gender equality in decision-making in sports?

Clotilde Talleu's picture

What would be interesting is to compare these figures with qualitative data on policies/programmes/measures implemented in these countries to tackle gender inequality in sport

Irina Ulcica

That's an interesting suggestion Clotilde of how data could be used to shed light on the impact of such policies on gender equality in decision-making in sports. 

Andy Fuller

Indeed this would be an interesting comparison across countries. In EIGE's data on national sports federations (based on the 10 most funded sports), the UK is one of only 3 EU countries (the others are France and Sweden) with more than 35% women on governing boards. Although there is not necessarily a direct link, from 2017 the Code for Sport Governance requires federations to have at least 30% of each gender in order to qualify for public funding.

Clotilde Talleu's picture

According to me, these messages clearly show inequalities between women and men in access to decision-making in sport, in particular in elected/appointed positions (President, Vice-presidents, board members).

Andy Fuller

In the sample of national sports federations across EU and IPA countries taken in 2018, a third (119 out of 359) had no women at all in their governing bodies!

Irina Ulcica's picture

I’m afraid we have now come to an end. Thank you very much to our guest speaker for this session, Clotilde Talleu, for an insightful presentation of the work which the Council of Europe has been doing in advancing gender equality in decision making in sports.

Irina Ulcica's picture

Thank you also to everyone for your participation and your invaluable comments, and thank you to our other guest speakers from today for showcasing the work and progress that is being done in the EU in this area. 

Irina Ulcica's picture

We will summarise all your suggestions and comments in a detailed summary report. It will be circulated among all participants for further feedback and will undoubtedly shape EIGE’s planning for the future database.

There will also be more opportunities for us to meet in this space to discuss the Database further.

Ligia Nobrega's picture

Thank you once more for your great input and insights as guest speaker Clotilde.

Thank you for all participants and those who remain online the whole event. Be aware that you still have the possiblity to post comments after the closing.

Wishing you all a very nice evening

Claudia Onnis's picture

Hello everybody,

I am afraid it is too late to contribute on Gender Equality in decision making and politics. I just wanted to let you know that I am strongly convinced that data are of great relevance in promoting gender  equality in decision making. I am a journalist and I work at Formez PA  the in-house agency of the Department for Public Administration at the Italian Prime Minister's Office, for
know-how sharing and exchange of Italian experiences in the Public Administration key activities. I am especially involded in capacity building and training activities for public administrations.

I am also a member of CORECOM (Regional Communications Committee) - SARDEGNA a regional body of the Italian Communications Regulatory Authority (Agcom), an independent authority whose activity covers traditional and innovative media markets. In particular, CORECOMS monitor local broadcasting programmes and content, as well as commercials and political messages during electoral campaigns.

In this capacity I am responsible for the 2018-2019 Program on media pluralism and equal representation of women in the media. The 2018-2019 Program includes the organisation - in collaboration with the Italian association of Giornaliste Unite Libere Autonome (GiULiA) - of a theatre show
based on The “Manifesto of Venice”, a manifesto for gender equality and correct information, launched on the World Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls, on 25 November. The 2018-2019 Program also includes a Journalism Prize on gender discrimination and appropriate media languages that was awarded the 8th of March 2019.

Last but not least I am also a member of Coordinamento3 and association of women in politics from the main political parties in Sardegna. The association was the one that asked and obtained the use of quotas in regional elections and proposed a Manifesto that was signed by all political partiesa before the last regional elections.

Yesterday I was one of the speakersat a conference organised by the local University on the current situation of women in regional decision making and politics. I have made great use of EIGE DATA on decision making and I have also proposed the use of an integrated approach to enhance women's representation in politics (Just the one suggested by EIGE in its best practices on women and political decision making)

I am currently struggling to demonstrate that we can use ESF funds to finance such a programme by programming a part of the thematic objective 11 (CAPACITY BUILDING FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION). 

PLEASE can someone help me in demonstrating that this is possible?

I can share my presentation on the subject, but rigt now it is available in Italian only. I can translate it into English if someone is interested in receiving it.

The presentation use a lot of EIGE Data and refers to the EWL Women for Europe - Europe for Women campaign and to the recent Study of the EU Parliament on "Women in political decision-making in view of the next European elections".

Thanks for this opportunity to share our experiences and poit of view

Ligia Nobrega

Many thanks for this great intervention Claudia and be also welcome to the discussion.

Congratulations for the activism and the good work as well. It is really helpful for EIGE to understand the usability of its outputs.

Regarding your specific question on ESF funds and capacity building for Public Administration, EIGE has been currently working on a related project which results will be launched soon. You might email me for more detailed information about it (

Hope to see online soon

Nurlana Jalil's picture

Dear All,

I am Nurlana Jalil from Azerbaijan/Baku. It is a pleasure for me to have opportunity to join first time the discussion. I will start my PhD study in October at Phillips University of Marburg. Title of Research is: "Gender Equality in Political Parties? - Participatory Gender Audit in Ruling 
Parties in OSCE Participating Countries". In my dissertation I undertake 
research about representation - the distribution of gender participation in decision-making, 
staffing and human resources - and organizational culture, gender mainstreaming in ruling
parties in OSCE region and it will lead to a) Description of real situation; b) Observation of 
changes; c) Detection of barriers.

My point is, please share with me related informations, articles, materials and of course your opinions as well.

Moreover, I am ready to support and contribute to your projects related to Azerbaijan. 

Best regards,