Volleyball and beach volleyball continue to champion gender equality
On this year’s International Women’s Day, the FIVB has reiterated its commitment to ensuring volleyball continues to lead the way in championing gender equality.
Celebrated annually on 8 March, International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. As a gender equal sport by nature, volleyball has a key role to play in creating female role models and promoting gender equality both on and off the court.
Last year, Volleyball World, the commercial entity for the sport around the world, launched the world’s first Equal Jersey campaign at the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) 2021 Finals. The campaign saw male and female players who share the same jersey number proudly wear each other’s names on their jerseys, and it successfully highlighted how the sport, players and fans all strive to challenge the inequality that frequently exists between genders in the world of sport.
The FIVB is committed to protecting and promoting the gender balance that is inherent in the sport. Across all major competitions, equal prize money and match formats promote a level playing field, while data from Nielsen consumer research demonstrates that the women’s and men’s game are equally popular among fans. And fans worldwide will have an opportunity to see the best of women’s volleyball at this year’s FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship which will be co-hosted by the Netherlands and Poland.
Off the court, the FIVB continues to promote equal opportunities for women within the administration of the sport. At the heart of the FIVB is the Athletes’ Commission which maintains equal gender representation among its members, including the Commission’s President, Madelein Meppelink. And for the first time ever, the Athletes’ Commission President was automatically appointed to the FIVB Board of Administration with full Board member rights.
Looking even further back, in 2020, history was made within the sport as Morocco’s Bouchra Hajij and Indonesia’s Rita Subowo became the first-ever women to lead the African and Asian Continental Confederations respectively. These steps towards greater representation within the administration of the sport continue to be championed by the sport and the FIVB leadership.