The Global Observatory for Women, Sport, Physical Education and Physical Activity established in Lausanne The Canton of Vaud, the City of Lausanne and the University of Lausanne (UNIL) have been appointed by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) to ensure the creation of the Global Observatory for Women, Sport, Physical Education and Physical Activity.
The creation of the Global Observatory for Women, Sport, Physical Education and Physical Activity (hereafter: The Global Observatory) fulfils one of the objectives of the Kazan action plan, adopted in 2017 by the International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS) of UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation), which brought together 121 Member States.
The Global Observatory has three main objectives in the field of sport and physical activity:
The Canton of Vaud, the City of Lausanne and the University of Lausanne have decided to unite and co-found an association, the aim of which is to ensure the necessary conditions for the development of the Global Observatory, as an anchor within Lausanne’s international sport ecosystem, and as a global leader. In order to do this, and with the commitment of the Social and Human Sciences sector of UNESCO, the association will ensure the development of relations and collaborations with national governments, UN agencies, international associations active in the field of gender and sport, sports federations, the International Olympic Committee, as well as political, associative and academic entities throughout the world. The association, whose statutes were signed by Mrs. Nouria Hernandez, Rector of the University of Lausanne, Mr. Philippe Leuba, State Councillor in charge of the Department of Economy, Innovation and Sport for the Canton of Vaud, and Mr. Grégoire Junod, Mayor of the City of Lausanne, will bring together international experts in order to make and develop knowledge, practices and standards in terms of gender equality in sport, physical education and physical activity.
London and Birmingham to host the IWG Secretariat & World Conference 2022 – 2026 quadrennial period, taking over from Aotearoa New Zealand on 1 October 2022.
The International Working Group (IWG) on Women & Sport is delighted to announce the United Kingdom (U.K.) as host to its next quadrennial period, from 1 October 2022 – 30 September 2026. The U.K. will receive the baton from Aotearoa New Zealand, shortly after it finishes global delivery of the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport in Auckland and Online, between 5-8 May 2022.
The quadrennial period includes a 4-year commitment to leading the delivery of the IWG Secretariat 2022 – 2026, the strategic and administrative function for the global network. It also includes design and delivery of the 9th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport in mid-2026, the world’s largest gathering of those engaged or interested in accelerating gender equity in sport and physical activity.
The Sport and Recreation Alliance will take over international leadership from Women in Sport Aotearoa, Ngā Wāhine Hākinakina o Aotearoa (WISPA), current global delivery agent for the IWG quadrennial 2018 – 2022 in New Zealand. It represents a consortium of U.K. agencies, including UK Sport and Sport England, which bid together to bring the IWG “home” to the U.K. The IWG was originally established at the 1st IWG World Conference on Women & Sport in Brighton in 1994, and has travelled to Namibia, Canada, Japan, Australia, Finland, Botswana and Aotearoa New Zealand.
The agreement was signed by the IWG Global Executive, IWG New Zealand (WISPA) and IWG U.K. (The Sport and Recreation Alliance). The new Secretariat will integrate into the governance and operational structure of The Sport and Recreation Alliance and will run out of its London offices. The 9th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport will take place in Birmingham, adding to the city’s exceptional portfolio of global sports events including the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Coaching and Leadership
Concussion & Head Trauma
Heat Illness in Sport and Exercise
International Sport Systems
No progress: Physical inactivity remains a global pandemic—experts are calling for urgent action to improve physical activity worldwide, with research showing no progress in nearly a decade and that the Olympics are a missed opportunity to change health at the population level. (University of Sydney)
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The Olympics still have the power to inspire — and reveal our nastier impulses and hypocrisies—murmurs regarding the decline of the Olympics appear to have been premature. Despite the well-founded critiques, doubts, concerns, and ambivalence before the Tokyo games began, they have provided many compelling moments, stories, and discussion points that have gripped much of the world. (Matthew Klugman, Institute for Health & Sport, and Co-convenor of the Olympic Research Network, Victoria University, The Conversation)
12 of the Best from the ‘Respect’ Olympics—here are 12 examples of the Olympic Spirit in which respect was shown and the world brought closer through the power of sport. #StrongerTogether. (Club Respect)
IOC President thanks Japan as Olympic Orders awarded to Koike, Hashimoto and Muto—as the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 came to a close on Sunday, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach paid tribute to all involved those in their success, from high-level government leaders to thousands of volunteers and workforce members. (International Olympic Committee)
From the pool to the velodrome and the track, here are the Tokyo Olympics most memorable races—with the flame extinguished over Japan National Stadium, the Summer Olympic Games have come to a close. The past 16 sixteen days have seen triumphs, tragedies, and history being made. Tokyo certainly has been home to some of the most exciting and engaging racing in memory. (Cody Atkinson and Sean Lawson, ABC News)
Tribute to Beatriz Wiid by Doreen Solomons
“Dr Beatrice Wiid, was one of the phenomenal ladies who drove Physical Education and Sport amongst girls in South Africa for over more than 60 years…This remarkable lady lectured at Stellenbosch University and was an inspiration to many”.
Prof Dr Claudine Sherrill, Professor Emeritus of Texas Woman’s University, passed away unexpectedly on May 8, 2020. This was, indeed, a tremendous shock to those who knew her. She was a living legend in the eyes of the international Adapted Physical Activity community and was influential in areas adjacent to adapted physical activity, including Special Olympics International, International Paralympic Committee, International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, and International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women.
Sherrill loved teaching and challenging students at various levels of ability and formal education. Her teaching style, her ability to instill the pursuit of excellence in each of her students and colleagues, and her generous laugh made her an individual worthy of eminence and respect.
She was also a professional with superb editing skills. As we know, editing takes unbelievable hours of intensive focus. She willing invested unbelievable hours editing student, colleague, and her own books, documents, grants, and presentation materials. Her interest in international work was phenomenal. She was world-renowned in the area of adapted physical activity, having published over 160 articles, some of which were translated into many languages. She was also known as a superb scholar who presented in over 30 countries and five continents. Sherrill’s dedication to social justice was one of the underpinnings in her writings and presentations globally.
Her service was something that many have attempted to emulate. In the USA, she led at state, regional, and national levels of professional organizations. Internationally, she served on the IFAPA Board in various capacities: as president of IFAPA (International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity), vice president, and member of the executive board). She also provided leadership on numerous editorial boards and served as issue editor for several Palaestra editions. She served as a volunteer consultant to IAPESGW in several capacities during her professional career as well.
Prof Dr Claudine Sherrill, Professor Emeritus of Texas Woman’s University, will be remembered for her unique contributions to the field of Adapted Physical Activity glocally and for her ability to inspire others to become their best. Those who were fortunate enough to have had her as a professor/educator, a colleague, or a friend were truly blessed to have experienced a unique, once-in-a-lifetime woman…like, yet unlike, anyone the world has known.
For additional information, look at the editor’s corner, Palaestra, 2021, Volume 35, Number 1, pp. 6-7.
Reference: Editor’s Corner. (July 2021). Dr. Claudine Sherrill (1934-2020): Our mother of adapted physical activity. Palaestra, 35(1), 6-7.
Sport for Development
Sexuality and Gender Issues
Value of Sport
Sport Australia launches new vision and plan to revolutionize sport volunteering—Sport Australia has taken the next steps towards building a more collaborative, cohesive, and contemporary approach to volunteering in sport with the release of an industry-first insights report and new national plan for the future of sport volunteering. (Sport Australia)
Uniform discontent: how women athletes are taking control of their sporting outfits—women’s dress codes in sport are determined by “traditions” that are both outdated and gendered. Their outfits have long tried to reconcile notions of “femininity” with those of “athleticism”, but this process has turned women into objects to be admired rather than being valued for their sporting skills. (Rachael Jefferson-Buchanan, Charles Sturt University, The Conversation)
Sport can inspire girls—in many cultures in the world, girls are prohibited from participating in sport. But it is integral that they have role models that they can look up to, to know that they too can play sport. (Saraswati Saud, Alba Alexandra Patzi Sunagua, sportanddev.org)
Supporting the Female Athlete: short course—La Trobe University has developed a short course focusing on the unique physiology and requirements of females in sport. This course is designed to advance coaches knowledge and skills in the areas of training, nutrition and injury prevention for female athletes. (La Trobe University)
Young women rising up to lead—in Afghanistan, sports are an easy and cost-effective medium to engage the community and build leadership in women and girls. (Chelsea Novakowski, sportanddev.org)
Women in Afghanistan fought to play sport, and now they fear it’s being ripped away from them—ten years ago, Afghanistan’s Paralympic Committee president had eleven bullets fired into his upper body, neck and face by the Taliban. He was left for dead. (Tracey Holmes, ABC News)