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12 Nov 2013
IOC News , Women in Sport

First Women and Sport Forum for Africa and Asia opens in Kuwait next week

Over 130 women leaders from Africa and Asia, IOC Women and Sport Award winners, and representatives from United Nations agencies and NGOs, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and International Federations (IFs) will meet in Kuwait next week for a historic forum – the first Afro-Asian Women and Sport Forum taking place from 18 to 20 November 2013.

Jointly organised by the IOC, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), the forum will bring together women leaders from the two continents to discuss common issues that hinder gender equality in their respective continents. The forum is also aimed at strengthening women’s networks in both continents and will provide opportunities to participants to share experiences and learn from each other.

Key themes to be discussed during the three-day event include the development of gender equality in the African and Asian continents and in their respective NOCs; breaking the traditional and cultural barriers to women’s development; inspiring and empowering girls and women in, and through, sport; women’s participation in the Games; and the collaborative efforts already being made by the two continental Women and Sport Commissions.  

Throughout the forum, an array of highly respected speakers will be taking to the floor. They include Chairperson of the Qatar Women’s Sport Committee and winner of the 2013 IOC Women and Sport Award World Trophy World Trophy, Ahlam Salem Mubarak Al Mana; Vice-President of the Guinea NOC and winner of the 2013 IOC Women and Sport Award for Africa, Djènè Saran Camara; Chair of the IOC Women and Sport Commission, Anita DeFrantz; and her colleagues on the IOC Executive Board, Claudia Bokel, Nawal El Moutawakel and Gunilla Lindberg. Men will also be joining the discussion, with contributions from the President of AIBA and IOC member, C. K. Wu, Sheik Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, President of the OCA, and ANOCA President Lassana Palenfo.

See the full programme of the first Afro-Asian Women and Sport Forum here.

For further information on the forum, check the OCA website:

Learn more about the IOC Women and Sport Commission

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