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Viola Amherd rows back

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Quota for women in sports associations

Viola Amherd rows back

Federal Councilor Viola Amherd wants to give Swiss sports organizations new ethical guidelines. Part of the package of measures is a women’s quota for the heads of sports associations. After fierce resistance, the Federal Council does not go as far as planned.

Published: 8:18 am


Updated: 10:47 a.m


Be it in the army or in sports: Central Federal Councilor Viola Amherd has made the advancement of women a priority.


Daniel BallmerEditor Politics

The reactions were devastating. Most parties spoke out against the plans of Sports Minister Viola Amherd (60) last summer, as did the cantons – and the sports associations anyway.

The mid-Federal Councilor is committed to promoting women and wants to implement it in sport too: those who don’t promote women get less money. Similar to Post, SBB or the state-owned armaments company Ruag, Amherd wanted to oblige sports organizations with the new sports promotion ordinance from 2025 to achieve a 40 percent share of women at the top.

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