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03 Mar 2006
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Celebrating International Women’s Day

This year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is celebrating International Women’s Day in partnership with the International Labour Organisation (ILO). On 8 March, both institutions will be jointly holding a panel discussion on women and sport at the ILO headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland). The IOC “Women and Sport” trophies for 2006 will be presented on this occasion.
A major issue for the IOC
In the same way as the ILO regarding gender equality and the improvement of working conditions for women, the IOC has made women’s participation in sports activities and the Olympic Games – and their involvement within sports administration – one of its major areas of concern.
Those taking part in the panel discussion on 8 March will include three exceptional athletes: Nawal El Moutawakel (Morocco), Olympic 400m hurdles champion in 1984 in Los Angeles and now an IOC member who chaired the Evaluation Commission for the 2012 Games; Denise Biellmann (Switzerland), the world figure skating champion in 1981 who gave her name to the famous spin, now known as the Biellmann spin, and Myriam Lamare (France), women’s super lightweight boxing world champion.
Six “Women and Sport” trophies
Also on 8 March, the IOC’s “Women and Sport” trophies for 2006 will be presented by Anita L. DeFrantz, IOC member and Chair of its Women and Sport Commission; Urs Lacotte, IOC Director General; and Zohreh Tabatabai, representing the ILO. Since 2000, five continental trophies (Africa, America, Asia, Europe and Oceania) and one at world level have been awarded annually to a woman or man (former athlete, coach, administrator or journalist), or to an institution or organisation, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to developing, encouraging and strengthening the participation of women and girls in physical and sports activities, in coaching and in administrative and sports leadership structures, as well as the promotion of women journalists and women’s sport in the media.
Photo exhibition and film festival
In addition, from 6 to 17 March, an exhibition of photographs entitled “Women and Sport, Yesterday and Today” from the Olympic Museum in Lausanne will be on show at the ILO, while the third edition of the International Film Festival on Women and Work will be taking place at the ILO cinema in Geneva (until 10 March).

Link to the International Women’s Day on the ILO site

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