Mikaela ‘Mikee’ Cojuangco-Jaworski, who won a gold medal for the Philippines in the 2002 Asian Games, has been elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board.
Jaworksi and Gerardo Werthein of Argentina replace Sergey Bubka, whose eight year term on the IOC board came to an end, and Ser Miang Ng, who was elected as vice-president of the sports governing body.
Following the election held on Friday, July 17, the IOC said that female representation on the executive board grew to 33.3 percent.
“With 39 women on board – representing 37.5 per cent of its membership versus 21.3 per cent in 2013 – the Session has demonstrated the IOC’s commitment to promoting gender equality within its leadership,” the organization said.
“This is a tangible result of the implementation of the Gender Equality Review Project’s governance-related recommendation,” the sports governing body added.
Jaworski, who previously served as director and secretary general of the Equestrian Association of the Philippines, is the first Asian woman to acquire a seat in the IOC executive board.
Since 2013, she has also been the representative of the Philippines to the IOC.