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5 October 2018  9:40 - 10:20

Plenary Hall

While the world has taken great strides in the last 100 years to advance gender equality, it is critical to continue and expand upon this forward momentum to build a world characterised by universal equal rights for women and men. Promoting gender equality in all industries, from business and politics to entertainment and sport, is hugely relevant in today’s world; however, much remains to be done to ensure that women and girls are given an equal opportunity to succeed; provided with fair and equal pay; and protected from discrimination, harassment and abuse. This session will discuss the challenges women in sport face, and it will explore how sport can be used as a tool for empowering women and girls and for moving the needle towards gender parity.

Moderator: Evelyn Watta, Vice President, International Sports Press Association News Producer, Olympic Channel, Kenya

  • Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak, Global Vice Chair - Public Policy, EY Founder, EY Women Athletes Business Network (WABN), United States
  • Marisol Casado, IOC Member, President of the International Triathlon Union IOC Gender Equality Review Working Group Chair, Spain
  • Brian Lewis, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee and Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committee (CANOC) IOC Gender Equality Review Project Working Group Member, Trinidad Tobago
  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General Executive Director, UN Women


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