“Walking-the-walk & talking-the-talk on Diversity & Inclusion” – Sabrina Ibáñez

In the words of Sabrina Ibáñez – “People think and believe that diversity is just gender diversity…it is not just about gender”. The Secretary-General of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has been leading the way on diversity and inclusion in sports federations. And as the Chair of the ASOIF Diversity and Gender Equality Consultative Group, she is spreading those efforts across the Olympic Movement.

She continued her SportWorks TALK by expanding on what diversity & inclusion means. She quotes Verna Myers with the poignant quote – “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” As one of just eight Secretaries-General in the Olympic Movement, Sabrina insists that diversity cannot be just a checkbox, but requires authenticity, and “empathy, openness, and understanding.”

And she is “talking the talk and walking the walk” on this. The FEI has been leading the way in introducing groundbreaking changes. Providing a general overview of the programmes, Sabrina highlighted examples like – a Gender-Equality Equestrian Sports Grant for National Olympic Committees and National Federations to increase awareness; increasing paternity leave at headquarters; and solidarity programmes for disabled students, war veterans etc. Through ASOIF, the Consultative Group she chairs has invited talented women to join leadership courses. That has led to women putting forth their candidacies for Presidencies and being selected to committees of Federations.

These are just some of the measures that they are taking, leading the way on diversity, equality, and inclusion. She believes it is “important to communicate” these measures, highlighting and further talking about inclusion. Sabrina emphasised the fact that achieving diversity and proper inclusion “is a long process”, and we need to be careful with every step we take.  

Hear this fascinating TALK from Sabrina, as she highlights how important it is to translate words into action when talking about diversity and inclusion.

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