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20 Dec 2011
Women in Sport , IOC News , Olympism in action

High Profile Speakers at 5th World Conference on Women and Sport

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced the list of speakers at the 5th World Conference on Women and Sport to take place in Los Angeles, California, from 16-18 February, 2012.

Under the theme “Together Stronger: the Future of Sport”, the three-day conference will bring together high-level speakers from a variety of backgrounds. Amongst them IOC President Jacques Rogge; the IOC’s Women and Sport Commission chairperson, Anita DeFrantz; Chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, Sebastian Coe; H.E. Marjon V. Kamara, Chair of the UN’s Commission on Status of Women, as well as Geena Davis, Academy award winning actress and founder of the Geena Davis Institute in Gender in the media.

Organised jointly by the IOC, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, the event will cover a range of subjects, in both plenary and dialogue sessions, associated with the efforts to strengthen women’s representation both on the sports field and in leadership positions. Over 600 delegates have already registered to attend.

A Strong Call to Action in 2008

The 4th World Conference on Women and Sport, held in 2008 in Jordan, was attended by over 600 participants and concluded with a strong action plan and commitments to a future strategy to advance the cause of women in and through sport.

IOC’s Commitment to Gender Equality

While women’s participation at the Games has been one of the IOC’s key concerns over the last two decades, its commitment to gender equality extends well beyond the sporting arena, as it continues to support the promotion of women in sports administration positions.

The IOC encourages National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and International sports Federations (IFs) to employ women in decision-making positions within their structures.

In addition, the IOC is working with partner organisations, including more than 20 United Nations agencies, to use sport as a tool to promote gender equality, which is one of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Recent projects include the implementation of leadership courses for women on all continents, while the IOC also offers financial support to NOCs in the developing world for projects that promote equality on the field of play and in sports administration.

Speakers at the 5th World Conference on Women and Sport include:

•  Jacques Rogge – President, International Olympic Committee
•  IOC Members and IOC Women and Sport Commission Members
•  Lord Sebastian Coe – Chairman, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games
•  Geena Davis – Academy Award-winning actress; Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
•  H.E. Marjon V. Kamara – Chair, UN Commission on Status of Women
•  H.E. Aloysia Inyumba – Rwandan Minister of Gender and Family Promotion
•  Dr N. Assegaf, President of the coordinating Committee of women parliamentarians, IPU 
•  Alan Abrahamson – Olympic journalist
•  Raija Mattila, Co-chair 2010-2014 International Working Group on Women and Sport
•  Mellody Hobson – President, Ariel Capital Management; named a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the Davos World Economic Forum
•  Nancy Hogshead-Makar – Olympic medallist; expert on Title IX
•  Dr. Richard Lapchick – Director, Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports
•  Youth Olympic Games Young Ambassadors and Young Reporters

Programme highlights

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”.

Learn more about the preliminary programme here

Learn more about the city of Los Angeles and the Conference

Click here to register
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