The Olympic Committee of North Macedonia (NOC MKD) is pleased to be a partner in the new Erasmus+ Project named “Guidance to Achieve More Equal leadership in Sport” (GAMES).

NOC MKD is a non-profit public organization that belongs to the global Olympic Movement. Its mission is to promote Olympism in accordance with the Olympic Charter and to lead the Olympic movement in North Macedonia.

The Olympic Committee actively implements IOC’s programs and agenda and supports Olympic education projects, affirms gender equality and fair play in sport, as well as creates opportunities for sport for all and more. The Olympic Committee delegates athletes that represent North Macedonia at the Olympic Games and other Olympic events, thus bringing the country together and aligned with the Olympic Values – respect, friendship and excellence.

The NOC MKD actively implements the International Olympic Committee’s programs and agenda to support Olympic education projects and create sports opportunities for all and fair play in sport, combat discrimination and racism, as well as affirm inclusivity, diversity and gender equality. Hence, in terms of gender equality, the Gender Equality Commission has been established. The Commission is very proactive and has already created partnerships with different stakeholders at national level. Currently, the NOC MKD has not created any policies or produced strategic documents relevant in advancing gender equality.

Within the GAMES project, the NOC MKD will be responsible for developing its tailor-made Action Plans to improve gender equality at leadership key positions within its structure and according to the results that have emerged from the baseline analysis and u45x the most relevant practices/actions identified within the Global Pool of Actions. Accordingly, the NOC MKD will be responsible for organising a National Launching Event with the purpose of presenting its tailor-made Action Plan, as well as further reviewing its feasibility and receptivity among relevant sports stakeholders at the national and regional levels (i.e national federations, sports clubs…). Hence, during the design of the Action Plans and National Launching Event, the NOC MKD is expected to take part in a series of peer-learning activities among partners NOCs that aim to promote the sharing of knowledge, best practices and lessons learnt meanwhile addressing future joint strategies on gender equality between NOCs and relevant national/regional stakeholders (i.e national federations, sports clubs…).

GAMES is a 24-month project, which focuses to improve gender equality in the key leadership and decision-making positions of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) by promoting structural changes in their governance, enhancing the understanding of the existing cultural barriers and encouraging the NOCs to work with their member federations to create a sustainable change.

Under the guidance of the project coordinator - the EOC EU Office – the NOC MKD is going to implement the GAMES project together with 7 other NOCs (Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia and Turkey), and renowned experts in the field of gender equality and good governance, including Professor Emerita Kari Fasting from Equal Rights in Sport and I TRUST Sport. Furthermore, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will also act as a key player in terms of promoting and disseminating the project deliverables across all NOCs worldwide.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or EACEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

2023 Olympic Solidarity and NOC Services Annual Report ( mentions #GAMES and its value in supporting @teambelgium in setting up a National Action Plan and a Gender Equality Commission to boost gender equality and women’s participation in sports”

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