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International Update – March/April 2021


Call for nominations – deadline July 1st, 2021

With four months to go before the quadrennial 19th IAPESGW Hybrid World Congress 2021 is held in Tianjin, China, it is time to receive nominations for the long-standing and prestigious awards IAPESGW gives to honour outstanding women in the field. 

Please consider the different awards and the contributions of women you have known who might qualify.

The nomination process requires:

All nominations must be emailed by July 1st to Rosa Diketmueller (Vice President, Chair of Executive Board Awards Panel) Email: and Kathy Ludwig (Secretary) Email:

CLICK HERE for list of Awards


Women’s Sport Policy Working Group (USA)

The PDF below is the recent media release from a new group in the USA that is trying to influence policy development across women’s sport and is investigating transgender athletes competing in female and male sport.  It will likely have a big impact when you see the influential sports women behind the group. IAPESGW has sent them a congratulatory and thank you email.

TAFISA Video: The Association for International Sport for All

TAFISA Announcement

The video replay of the TAFISA & ITTF Foundation Workshop on “Girls & Women Empowerment in Sport for All” is available in a website article. Please note that the Workshop replay consists in a playlist of six videos. Links to various resources introduced by the speakers are also included in the article. 

We would like to thank IAPESGW once again for joining the Workshop and contributing to its success.  Our next TAFISA Mission 2030 Workshop on the theme of “Active Cities” will be held in May. 

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World Anti-Drug Association Announcement 

WADA collaborates with international organizations to raise the visibility of social science research in sport—stakeholders interested in improving social science research regarding sport integrity are invited to respond to a short survey by 31 May. (WADA)

Call for Applications: The Celia Brackenridge International Research Award

In 2018, the Anita White Foundation (AWF) at the University of Chichester, UK, launched the Celia Brackenridge International Research Award. The Award is part of the continued legacy of Professor Brackenridge’s research and activism. Her work continues to be relevant and was regularly cited in the recent publication of Clive Sheldon QC’s independent report into child sexual abuse in football between 1970-2005 in the UK.

The aim of the Award is to recognise and promote excellence in scholarship on child welfare in sport and/or women and sport. Past winners have included Dr A.J. Rankin-Wright, Dr Anne Tjønndal and Dr Beth Clarkson.

Applications are now open for the 2021 award. Further details and an application form can be found on this dedicated website to Celia’s life and work

The closing date is 28 May 2021. 

Athlete Wellbeing 


The project Women in Basketball, by Claudia Guedes (sport historian), includes the edition of a book, e-book and documentary.

Book – Guedes, Claudia M. 2020. Mulheres a Cesta: Historia do Basquetebol Feminino no Brasil; 1892-1971. 3rd edition. MissLily.

“Women in Basketball” is a sensitive documentary that gives voice to stories of exceptional women who gave visibility to women’s basketball in the 60’s and 70’s and became largely responsible for the inclusion of  women’s basketball in the Olympic Games (1976). View now.

To choose the subtitle in English you need to click on the CC icon located on the bottom right-hand side. 

Claudia Guedes is a Brazilian woman, now an Assistant Professor of San Francisco State University, California, USA

Coaching & Leadership 

Concussion and Head Trauma 

Rugby League

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)  


Artistic Gymnastics

Inclusive Sport 

International Sport Systems 



Congratulations to Djenebou Sanogo, (Mali), who is from the COFEJES (the Conference des ministries de la jeunesse et des sports de la Francophonie) and was recognised last month by the Mali Government for her exceptional work for women in sport.  She was the personality of the day at their International Women’s Day Celebration.

Djenebou Sanogo

Olympic and Paralympic Games 

Women’s football will be a feature event at the Tokyo Olympics

Media, Broadcasting & Communication 


IAPESGW graces S.W.E.E.P. 2021 to Champion the Women-in-Sport Agenda 

In honour of International Women’s Month, the Sport Council Management of the Philippines (SportPhil) held its first international virtual conference called S.W.E.E.P. or Sport for Women’s Empowerment and Employment Program last March 24 – 26, 2021, via Attendify. SportPhil is a non-profit organization whose aim is to promote excellence in sport management, education, science, and policy. 

SportPhil also advocates sport-for-development programs. Founder Geraldine Go-Bernardo explains, “women empowerment through sports has been our advocacy since 2014. The mission of S.W.E.E.P. is to capacitate teachers, coaches, and sport professionals in the unique aspects of engaging women and girls in sport, which now includes adaptive sport.” 

With the conference theme, “More than ever, #SportsTogether,” the S.W.E.E.P. event welcomed more than 680 participants comprised of teachers, coaches, athletes, and sports enthusiasts. Representatives from international sport organizations, such as the Asian ESports Federation, iWorkinSportU.S.A. Volleyball, T.A.F.I.S.A., and WomenSport International, also showcased their respective campaigns and programs. 

I.A.P.E.S.G.W. was well represented, starting with board member Dr. Maria Luisa Guinto moderating a panel that discussed various perspectives, approaches and challenges to policy formulation in advancing the women in sport agenda. The panelists included our very own President Dr. Rosa Lopez de d’Amico, joined by Ms. Trina Boltonfrom the U.S. State Department, Dr. Wirdati Radzi from the University of Malaya, and Ms. Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski from the I.O.C. 

Their talk proved highly popular and ranked 4th among the 27 sessions during the 3-day conference. We invite you to view the session in its entirety.

Performance Recovery 

Physical Activity 

Physical Education

Physical Literacy 

ResearchImagery and physical activity: Can imagery help physical activity adherence in women?
By Dr. Karin Volkwein-Caplan and Dr. Selen Razon

Sport Medicine 

Sport Participation 

 Sport Science 

Sport Technology 

Sexuality & Gender Ethics 

Sport Integrity 

Sport Participation 

Track and field

Sport Science 

Strength and Conditioning 

Pole Vault

Women in Sport

Tennis, World Number 1 Ash Barty.


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