The International Olympic Committee organizes a World Conference on Women and Sport every four years with the objective of analyzing the progress made within the Olympic Movement and identifying ways to improve and increase the participation of women in the world of sport .Participants from more than 130 countries were present, representing National Olympic Committees, International Federations, Non-Government Organizations (NGO), and universities. It’s my privilege to inform you that the Commission for Women’s Chess (WOM) was present at the 5th IOC World Conference on Women and Sport, held in Los Angeles, United States.
The conference started by awarding the 2012 IOC Women and Sports awards
The award giving was held during the opening ceremony with the participation of the Mayor of Los Angeles Mr. Antonio Villaraigosa and after a welcome dinner were the participants got a chance to meet each other, exchange information and ideas.
Then came three intensive days of conferences and meetings, where many key points were presented and discussed for example:
All this topics were covered by specialist speakers that have been working with women and sports for many years, such as:
Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee
Anita DeFrantz, IOC Chairman of the Commission of Women and Sport
Geena Davis, Academy Award-winning actress; Founder of the Geena Davis Institute
on Gender in Media.
Lakshmi Puri, Representative of the United Nations
Dr. Nukhayati Ali Assegaf – President of the Committee of Women Parliamentarians
Dr. Ugur Erdener President Olympic Committee of Turkey
Prince Faisal Al Hussein (Jordan) – IOC Member