The IOC has kicked off the registration process for next year’s IOC World Conference on Women and Sport, which will take place from 16 to 18 February 2012 in Los Angeles, USA. Under the theme “Together Stronger: The Future of Sport”, the event is being organised jointly by the IOC, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games.
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The theme stands for the positive evolution in the promotion of girls and women in sport, especially during the last two decades. The call that is linked to it aims to streamline the discussions and efforts of all stakeholders involved to the next level, with women and men working together to remove some of the barriers to gender equality in sport that still exist.
Conference participants and high-level speakers will comprise representatives from the sports community, the United Nations system, specialised organisations, universities, governments, non-governmental organisations, the business world and the media.
Discussion topics will cover a variety of subjects associated with the efforts to strengthen women’s representation in sport leadership positions such as:
• “Leadership views on women in the world of sport”
• “Partnerships for progress”
• “Setting the pace for a sustainable responsibility”
• “Women, sport and the media”
• “Government, legislature and attitudes”
• “Matters medical”
• “Empowering women and girls through education”
• “Role models and leadership”
• “Business of sport”
• “Sport, Peace and Development”
The last plenary session will be dedicated to the Youth to let them share their views on “Growing up in a gender-balanced sporting society”.
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2012 IOC Women and Sport Awards
A highlight will be the presentation of the 2012 IOC Women and Sport Awards, which recognise outstanding initiatives that enhance the participation, development and involvement of women and young girls in society through sport. One world and five continental trophies will be awarded to individuals and organisations. Candidates can be put forward by National Olympic Committees (NOCs), International Federations (IFs) and Continental Associations until 31 August 2011.
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Learn more about the winners of the 2011 Women and Sport Awards
There is no doubt that women’s participation is key for a healthy society in general, but also for the future of sport. The IOC has made women’s participation in sporting activities and administration one of its major concerns. Whilst there is a clear rise in women’s participation in Olympic events, additional efforts are needed to strengthen women’s representation in sports leadership positions. The IOC encourages more women to take up responsible positions in sports organisations and has various programmes in place to equip the candidates with the necessary skills and tools to fulfil their tasks.
The IOC’s World Conference on Women and Sport, which takes place every four years, is an important platform to assess the progress made and prioritise future action. The last Conference held in Jordan in 2008 attracted more than 600 participants from 116 countries, and concluded with a strong action plan, the success of which will also be assessed in Los Angeles.