Because it is the photograph of society, women are rare in sporting bodies. Sometimes far from the field, they are above all far from the boards of directors of sports associations. With only two female presidents of national water sports federations in the countries of the Atlantic Arc, the issue of female leaders is a major issue. It just goes to show how women are kept out of the sport as a whole and more provided in water sports.
This is why, from September 2020, the Regional Olympic and Sports Committee of Pays de la Loire with the Real Federación Española de Salvamento y Socorrismo, the Câmara Municipal de Viana do Castelo and the Atlantic Water Sports Committee have decided to launch the Gender Equality and Accountability in Water Sports (GREW) project. The objective of this project is to support the feminization of sports governing bodies and to promote the civic engagement of women in water sports. This project was imagined so that, tomorrow, the question of women's sport will no longer be one so that we can simply take care of sport without talking about gender issues. To be daring, you have to put forward engaging initiatives or share life paths. The “G.R.E.W. Atlantic should allow to launch a dynamic through various actions built for and with an audience of women leaders and future leaders. In particular, the project aims to:
- Organizer of transnational meetings to share knowledge and expertise and promote cultural exchanges.
- Identify good practices in terms of gender equality in sports governing bodies and water sports adaptors.
- Define recommendations aimed at promoting the involvement of women in nautical bodies.
- Implement these recommendations in the nautical organizations approved within the framework of the project.
- Disseminate these recommendations and all the results to boating stakeholders and raise awareness among the 400 clubs of the various members of the consortium
This action will take place over a period of 24 months and has received funding of 60,000 euros from the Erasmus + Sport programme.