Global Sport Actors Convene in Lausanne to Strategize on Inclusive Gender Equality in Sport

The Global Observatory for Gender Equality & Sport (GO) hosted their inaugural international event with the theme Open Fields, Open Questions: Inclusive Gender Equality in Sport. The event was comprised of a Strategy Meeting on 31st January and an international conference on 1st February.

I want to know, whether the science is clear on DSD athletes. If not, why do Federations propose invasive medical procedures? Should you not first find the science and then regulate our bodies? Because I don’t want more young women to go through what I went in(through).

Annet Negesa, Athlete Activist

Sport needs to embrace internationally respected human rights norms and include women in all of their diversity, heard over 100 delegates at the first conference convened by the Global Observatory for Gender Equality & Sport.

The 1 February conference, opened by Lausanne Mayor Grégoire Junod, brought together academics, activists, athletes, lawyers, athlete agents, policy makers, regulators, researchers, and more. Participation was drawn from Europe, Americas, Africa, and Asia. Organisations present included UNESCO, OHCHR, the Council of Europe, the Centre for Sport & Human Rights, the International Olympic Committee, 19 international sporting federations, international women’s sport organisations like IWG Women & Sport, Women Win, Women Sport International & and academics from universities across the world. Diverse perspectives were shared on issues of inclusion, fairness, and gender-diversity in sport. The conference was convened in the spirit of facilitating collective learning and collective action.

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