FIA signs Brighton declaration on Women and Sport
The FIA today signed the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport, underlining the Federation’s commitment to encouraging and supporting the promotion of women in motor sport. The Declaration has been signed by more than 400 organisations worldwide.
The signing took place on the occasion of the 6th International Working Group World Conference on Women and Sport, hosted in Helsinki, Finland between 12-14 June 2014.
Speaking on behalf of the FIA, President Jean Todt said: “Today we continue to face a challenge to encourage more women to participate in motor sport. Changing this is a question of making the sport more accessible from an early age and creating new opportunities to get involved at all levels. As a recognised member of the IOC, the FIA is committed to supporting equality and today we reconfirm that commitment as one of the signatories of the Brighton Declaration.”
A total of 416 organisations from 82 countries – representing governmental and non-governmental organisations, national Olympic committees, international and national sport federations and educational and research institutions – have endorsed the Brighton Declaration which provides the principles that should guide action intended to increase the involvement of women in sport at all levels and in all functions and roles.
The FIA was represented by FIA Women in Motorsport Commission President Michèle Mouton who said: “The goals and missions of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission are completely in harmony with the principles of the Brighton Declaration and while there is a lot to be achieved, we are working hard to realise our objectives. Only a small percentage of women are represented in motor sport and knowing the reason why this is the case is one of our biggest challenges. We will work with all those organisations who have signed up to the Brighton Declaration with the goal of learning from their experiences, and raising the level of involvement of women in the sport.”
Since its creation in December 2009, the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission has worked towards creating a sports culture which facilitates and values the full participation of women in its sport, as well as lending its full support to the FIA’s Action for Road Safety campaign. The FIA is committed to supporting, promoting and helping advance participation to ensure equal opportunities for men and women.
The 6th International Working Group World Conference on Women and Sport combines theory, policy and practice in the areas of women and sport, and brings together decision-makers, politicians, researchers, educators and students, coaches and athletes with the aim of enhancing dialogue around women in sports and creating positive change.
Notes to Editor:
Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport
The first international conference on women and sport took place in Brighton, UK, in 1994 and was organised by the British Sports Council and supported by the International Olympic Committee. The conference specifically addressed the issue of how to accelerate the process of change that would redress the imbalances women faced in their participation and involvement in sport. Delegates from 82 countries representing governmental and non-governmental organisations, national Olympic committees, international and national sport federations and educational and research institutions, endorsed the Declaration, which provides the principles that should guide action intended to increase the involvement of women in sport at all levels and in all functions and roles. Since then, a total of 416 organisations have endorsed the Brighton Declaration, helping to accelerate the change towards a more equitable sporting culture worldwide.
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