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The ECA supports and promotes gender diversity in the European land-based casino industry to inspire talented and ambitious women to strive for leading positions


The European Casino Association (ECA) launched the Gender Diversity Initiative in 2017 to promote gender diversity in the land-based casino industry. This follows its ongoing support of the UN Global Compact, an initiative promoting sustainable business since 2015 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It is crucial to stress that gender diversity is just one aspect of diversity and the ECA aims to promote diversity in all forms.

The ECA views its commitment as crucial to provide long-term support to members, partners and stakeholders towards supporting and promoting gender diversity in the land-based casino industry in Europe. It is clear that increased gender diversity is a priority for the ECA and its members and can deliver solutions to address some of the challenges and opportunities for the sector.  


In order to achieve the stated aim of promoting gender diversity in the land-based casino industry, ECA is active in the following areas:

  • Raising awareness around the issue of gender diversity within the industry (ECA meetings, industry events and seminars, ECA membership of UN Global Compact)
  • Provide a structured network for leading women in top management
  • Support for mentorship, scholarship and educational programmes
  • Promoting increased gender diversity at industry events and initiatives
  • Organisation of dedicated seminars and workshops
  • Disseminate best-practices (within and outside of industry)

The initiative is led by Tracy Damestani (ECA Vice-Chair) and Janny Wierda (ECA Vice-President for Diversity & Education) with the support of the ECA board of directors and the active support of a number of members and partners of the ECA.

To find out more and for members and partners to join the initiative, please contact the ECA office (info@remove-this.europeancasinoassociation.org).

Clarion-ECA-AGEM EDP gender diversity scholarship

In an effort to promote diversity and best practices in the global gaming industry, the European Casino Association (ECA), Clarion Gaming, and the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM) have partnered up with the Executive Development Program (EDP) to offer the first-ever Clarion-ECA-AGEM EDP gender diversity scholarship; together, the organisations will award one aspiring female gaming employee aiming to take the step to the next level a full-ride scholarship to EDP—the prestigious gaming leadership course that will take place November 10-18 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Pauline Boyer Martin from the French casino group JOA has been announced as the winner of the first-ever Executive Development Program (EDP) gender diversity scholarship. For more, click here.