Every year, from 23rd to 30th September, millions of people from all around Europe come together to celebrate the European Week of Sport.
The Step Up Equality project and partners offer their full support for the week, which is founded by the European Commission and this year will involve 42 participant countries and 50,000+ events.
The core principles of the European Week of Sport match the values promoted by the Step Up Equality (SUE) project, which is a three-year project funded by the European Commission that aims to tackle persistent gender inequalities in sport and address the underrepresentation of women among trainers, managers, and decision-makers in sport.
With the Week’s key aim to get people active around Europe, SUE is working to increase opportunities for women to participate in sports activities. This applies particularly to women from disadvantaged backgrounds, women discriminated against in their own communities, women from migrant or refugee backgrounds, women with disabilities or those coming from rural areas.
Such women are proven to have far less chance of engagement in sport or access to organised physical activities. The SUE project aims to challenge that and bring about greater gender equality and visibility for women in sport, both at grassroots and organisational level.
Partners on this project are Associazone Nazionale Atlete (Italy), Stowarzyszenie na Rzecz Demokracji W Sporcie – Association Democracy in Sport (Poland), DISCOVER FOOTBALL (Germany), GEA COOP Sociale (Italy), Girls in Sport (Sweden) and Women Win (Netherlands). The partners are from diverse backgrounds, with experience and expertise in initiatives to drive social inclusion through sport and gender equality.
Outputs from the three-year SUE project are in line with the European Week of Sport’s objective to have more people active in sport around Europe.
Specific activities during the SUE project will include the collection of key data and analysis on women as decision makers and trainers, with data collected from around Europe, the development and creation of a monitoring system to monitor gender discrimination in grassroots football and the creation and promotion of an international network of solidarity and mentoring among women in sport - especially between women working in leadership positions in sport and young grassroots athletes.
The project’s activities will bring together the personal development and growth of women involved (such as active coaches, leaders and athletes) with the creation of social impact - by women for women.