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International Olympic Committee Celebrates Role Models and Advocates of Gender Equality in Ioc 2018 Women and Sport Awards Ceremony at the Olympism in Action Forum in Buenos Aires

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STORY HEADLINE: INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE CELEBRATES ROLE MODELS AND ADVOCATES OF GENDER EQUALITY IN WOMEN AND SPORT AWARDS CEREMONY AT THE OLYMPISM IN ACTION FORUM IN BUENOS AIRES

DATE: 6 October, 2018

LOCATION: Buenos Aires, Argentina

LANGUAGE: English

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has celebrated and honoured role models and advocates of gender equality in its Women and Sport Awards at the Olympism In Action Forum in Buenos Aires.

The Ceremony took place ahead of the Youth Olympic Games, which will see the first sport programme with complete gender equality, a 50-50 balance, with the same number of girls and boys competing in the same number of sports and events.

Introduced in 2000, the IOC Women and Sport Awards are given to women, men or organisations who have made remarkable contributions to the development, encouragement and reinforcement of women through sport. One World Trophy and five Continental Trophies are awarded every year.

Turkish Eczacibasi Sports Club is awarded the World Trophy for being sporting pioneers in their country. It was founded in 1966, at a time when the idea of women participating in a male-dominated world was not readily embraced by Turkish society. Yet Eczacibasi Sports Club has since achieved near gender equality in its administration and grown women’s volleyball to have thousands of members and millions of followers, winning a record 28 national championships, World and European titles and investing in the female players of tomorrow.

The five continental winners are Africa: Ms Rachel Muthoga (Kenya), Americas: Ms Chandra Crawford (Canada), Asia: Ms Samar Nassar (Jordan), Europe: Ms Daina Gudzineviciute (Lithuania) and Oceania: Ms Lauren Jackson (Australia).

A former human rights lawyer, Muthoga is the Executive Director of Moving the Goalposts Kilifi, a Kenyan NGO committed to inspiring and building confidence and self-esteem in some 6,000 vulnerable girls and young women through football.

Former cross-country skier, Olympic champion Crawford founded the not-for-profit organisation Fast and Female dedicated to changing the culture around girls in sport. With adolescent girls six times more likely than boys to drop out of sport, Fast and Female’s vision is all about positive female empowerment, keeping girls active throughout their teens, and nurturing a desire to pursue a healthy, athletic lifestyle as adults.

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