Lausanne, Switzerland: On the occasion of the 2023 International Women’s Day, FIH President Tayyab Ikram stated:

 “On International Women’s Day, I would like, on behalf of FIH, to reassert how essential it is for our sport that all conditions are met and all measures taken for a fully gender equal sport, be it on the pitch - for players, coaches and officials – or off the pitch – by ensuring equality also in terms of leadership.

 FIH can pride itself for the work done all over the years. For example, worldwide participation is 50% female, 50% male; and the same goes for the elected members of our Executive Board.

 FIH is one of the leading international federations in this regard.

 However, we’re aware that more has to be done and our efforts will continue, in particular when it comes to our safeguarding policy. We will soon announce some reforms which will provide women with better opportunities.

 At this stage, I would like to thank wholeheartedly the work done by our Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee led by Marijke Fleuren.”