BEF praised for progress on gender diversity

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has attended the FEI Sports Forum and during the opening session on gender equality, it has been praised for the progress it has made in having more women in "decision-making" roles.

Even though equestrian sport is the only Olympic and Paralympic sport in which men and women compete on equal terms at all levels, the FEI has been looking at how female representation in governance-related positions (boards, committees, etc) can be improved.

BEF chairman Mohamed Elsarky addressed the Forum during this session and pointed to the fact that of the 12 members on the BEF Board, 7 were women, and that women make up at least 40 per cent of the renumeration, nomination and audit committees.

He also highlighted the work that has been put into a Diversity Action Plan to demonstrate that the BEF is an organisation committed to equality and diversity and on the path to achieving the Advanced Equality Standard.

He commented "Leadership is important. The biggest obstacle to get to where you want to be is your own bias. Take your bias away in order to be fair. The structure of our board allowed us to do that".

Caitlin Kraft-Buchman from Women@Table which works to accelerate gender equality at the decision-making table praised the work the BEF has done. She commented "Congratulations, because that is incredible, incredible progress in 2 years - without very visible leadership and genuine commitment like this nothing happens. Without a plan nothing happens."

You can watch the FEI Sports Forum panel here.

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