GESPORT+, Corporate governance in sports organizations: a gendered approach

The GESPORT + project seeks to strengthen equality between men and women in decision-making spaces in sports organizations such as the board of directors. The main objective of the project is to improve the access of women to the boards of directors of sports federations or associations of all sports within the framework of the Erasmus + sports actions. It is expected that their results contribute to detect possible measures to promote gender balance in the decision making of corporate governance in sports organizations. By taking into account the experiences of the directors who have overcome the glass ceiling, or the glass cliff, this project aims to train other women in their professional advancement. In the last decade, many countries have adopted different initiatives to enact gender equality and move towards a more egalitarian, just and democratic society. In addition, numerous codes of good governance have been published in many countries around the world with recommendations on good corporate governance for large organizations, especially for listed companies. However, in the field of sport, although the group of European experts on good governance points out that it remains a priority for governments and stakeholders, studies are scarce and existing research shows the low participation of women in all sectors. areas of decision making. A better understanding of the representation of women in boards of directors would allow for identification of gender policies to be proposed and for improvement of the existing ones, both at the EU level and at the individual level of member states, in order to enhance women’s participation in leadership positions of sports organizations. Visibilising women’s experience, their roles on boards of directors, corporate governance practices and problems and limitations they may face in their daily professional life might be a way to help other women to better manage their careers in decision-making spheres.