5th World Conference on Women and Sport
LAUSANNE, JULY 23,2011 -The IOC has kicked off the registration process for next year's IOC World Conference on Women and Sport, which will take place from 16 to 18 February 2012 in Los Angeles, USA. Under the theme "Together Stronger: The Future of Sport", the event is being organised jointly by the IOC, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games.
The theme stands for the positive evolution in the promotion of girls and women in sport, especially during the last two decades. The call that is linked to it aims to streamline the discussions and efforts of all stakeholders involved to the next level, with women and men working together to remove some of the barriers to gender equality in sport that still exist.
Conference participants and high-level speakers will comprise representatives from the sports community, the United Nations system, specialised organisations, universities, governments, non-governmental organisations, the business world and the media.
A highlight will be the presentation of the 2012 IOC Women and Sport Awards, which recognise outstanding initiatives that enhance the participation, development and involvement of women and young girls in society through sport. One world and five continental trophies will be awarded to individuals and organisations. Candidates can be put forward by National Olympic Committees (NOCs), International Federations (IFs) and Continental Associations until 31 August 2011.
The IOC's World Conference on Women and Sport, which takes place every four years, is an important platform to assess the progress made and prioritise future action. The last Conference held in Jordan in 2008 attracted more than 600 participants from 116 countries, and concluded with a strong action plan, the success of which will also be assessed in Los Angeles.