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SportAccord Signs IWG's Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport
Source:Chinese Women's Research Network | Release Date:2011-11-11-
Title: SportAccord Signs IWG's Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport
Release Date: November 4, 2011
Keyword: SportAccord, IWG, women and sport, Brighton Declaration

SportAccord became a signatory to the Brighton Declaration in Lausanne, Switzerland on October 31, 2011. On behalf of SportAccord, the declaration was signed by Director General Mr. Vincent Gaillard and Sports' Social Responsibility Manager Ms. Ingrid Beutler. On behalf of the International Working Group on Women and Sport, IWG, the document was signed by IWG Co-Chair Ms. Raija Mattila.
With only 11% of women occupying Executive Committee positions amongst SportAccord's 105 members, a lot of work has yet to be done to reach gender equality both at the leadership and grassroots level of sport. SportAccord recognised that committing to the Declaration and encouraging SportAccord members to adopt the Declaration are all steps towards raising awareness and creating positive change within the international sports movement
Raija Mattila underlined that when an umbrella organization of this magnitude commits itself to the principles of the Brighton Declaration, it also sends out an important message to all its member organisations. Action needs to follow in order to bring the principles alive. Therefore, IWG and SportAccord encourage all the member organizations of SportAccord to consider adopting the Brighton Declaration and promoting their own equality work. IWG Co-Chair Ms. Mattila emphasizes that there already exists some very useful tools to contribute to equality work, including the IWG Montreal Tool kit and the IPC Women in Sport Leadership Tool kit.
The Brighton Declaration serves as the legacy of the first IWG World Conference on Women and Sport held in Brighton, England 1994. The Declaration sets forth principles that support the development of a sporting culture that enables and values the full inclusion of women. Currently, there are 268 organisations that have signed the Brighton Declaration including SportAccord, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and 56 National Olympic Committees. 
SportAccord is the umbrella organization for both Olympic and non-Olympic sports as well as organizers of sporting events. One of the main objectives is to unite and support international sports federations by encouraging and facilitating knowledge sharing and providing expertise in relevant areas. SportAccord has recently published a Sports' Social Responsibility Map including a Factsheet on women in leadership positions amongst SportAccord members.

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