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From the President

Dear IAPESGW members, followers and friends, 

December has arrived and for many it is Christmas time!

The year 2020 has been a very difficult one for all countries and communities in the world. Every nation has experienced the Pandemic caused by COVID 19. The way we used to connect and exchange in our social life changed and it has impacted everybody and of course all sectors of society. 

So in difficult times we celebrate the kind words and the good energies and thoughts from our colleagues and friends. This is why in spite of all the constraints and complex experiences, IAPESGW wants to share our salutation to you all.

With respect to the culture of all our members, we wish you a blessed 2021, with plenty of health, peace and happiness. I hope we can continue working together to support women and girls’ participation in physical education, sport and/or physical activity, but moreover to support the participation of all in a fair, safe and peaceful environment. 

In 2021 we are looking forward to celebrate our 19th Quadrennial IAPESGW Congress. It is not under easy circumstances, however we need to continue with our planning. New challenges and initiatives will come – it should be a year in which we should celebrate the IAPESGW Board election but also award some of our distinguished scholars and supporters. 

IAPESGW has been a pioneer organization in the area of gender equality and sport and has worked since its foundation to promote these values. Wonderful people have been in and around our organization to make it grow. The best way to honour the IAPESGW legacy, which is also ours, is to keep working together. 

For a peaceful, healthy and joyful 2021 – I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Looking forward to meeting and celebrating our quadrennial congress 2021.

Rosa López de D’Amico

IAPESGW President 

Bonne Année –  ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! –  Blwyddyn Newydd Dda – Buon anno – Frohes Neues Jahr  – Gelukkig Nieuwjaar  – Gleðilegt nýtt ár  – あけましておめでとう– Xin Nian Kuai Le – Mutlu yıllar – Sťastný nový rok – Godt nytår – Hyvää uutta vuotta – Godt nytt år – Szczesliwego Nowego Roku – Feliz Ano Novo – S novym godom – gelukkige nuwejaar –  عام سعيد  –  新年快乐  – manigong bagong taon  – Καλή Χρονιά  – שנה טובה  – 새해 복 많이 받으세요  –  selamat tahun baru  –  С Новым Годом  –  yeni yılınız kutlu olsun  –  gott nytt år   

1st women championship of the Brazilian rugby league, which took place on December 5 and 6 in the city of São Lourenço, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.


The participants of the 43rd International Symposium of Sports Sciences, which was held in São Paulo Brazil in October 2020, adopted a Manifesto to Promote Physical Activity in the context of COVID-19.

The document is available on the CELAFISCS website. There is a link to choose the English and Spanish version in the text.

Administration and Management

Athlete Wellbeing 


Child Protection 

Coaching & Leadership 

Colombia, Women and Sports News

By Eliana Giraldo Zapata and Duván Muñoz Giraldo

Women and sports, in Colombia and in many parts of the world, is a very controversial issue , which thanks to the contribution of many women and some national policies , the decrease in gender stereotypes that have existed throughout history, and in this case specifically in the sports sector where the role of women is marginal.

While we have eradicated some stereotypes, there are still many barriers to the participation of women in the various roles that exist in the sector sport. Currently in the world there is talk of female coaches, judges, an increase in female athletes, but specifically in Colombia the role of women can be highlighted above all in high-performance sports, where the individual struggle of women such as Mariana Pajón, María Isabel Urrutia, Catherine Ibargüen and many more than for their achievements, discipline and dedication, it is important to stand out as an icon for the country.

In order to promote gender equality in the field of sports, recreation and physical activity, Asomujer, the association for women and sports in Colombia, was created in 1995. Its mission being to be leaders in the development and promotion of strategies to strengthen gender equality in sports, physical activity and recreation, evidencing social, educational and cultural changes in the sports sector for Colombia and the region.

Progress in the importance of the role of women in sport has been significant in Colombia and the world, however, there is still a long way to go and many barriers to break.


Historically, sport has been a difficult area for women in terms of inclusivity and participation, given the established idea of their place and role in society and the now naturalised direct and symbolic discrimination they face, something which needs to be addressed with the help of public policies that link sport and women. 

When talking about public policies for women, the aim is to highlight equality of opportunity between men and women, something which allows women’s rights to be fulfilled whilst breaking down the obstacles which bar their access to all spaces, particularly those traditionally occupied by men.

Therefore, first we need to understand women’s rights in order to demand governmental action in defence of them through public policy. The concepts of peace, gender equality, non-violence, health, property, participation, work and education under equal condition are central to this. 

In Colombia, there are limitations to talking about women’s participation in sport when there are still shortcomings in meeting basic food, housing and health needs, among others. In addition, it is important to take into account that, in a patriarchal cultural context: women spend a higher ratio of time on domestic work and unpaid care compared to men; poverty is higher in single-mother households than in those with male breadwinners; and domestic and sexual violence against women is a frequent daily occurrence.

Thus, it is necessary to recognise that women are a vulnerable group in Colombia and that government agencies at all levels need to act in order to create a safe and guaranteed path that facilitates their right to participation in sport, be it on administrative, scientific, psychological, nutritional, educational, formative, medical, technical or managerial levels, among others. In such roles they can contribute to sport and equality and, in turn, be rightfully respected as social agents. 

However, in spite of the aforementioned difficulties, Colombian sportswomen have fought to gain recognition at national and international level. One of the drivers of the change in socio-cultural stereotypes has been the increase in the number of female athletes in the Olympic Games competing in sports that were considered to be traditionally male such as archery, fencing, weightlifting, combat sports, wrestling and athletics. In 1968 there were just 3 female athletes competing in such sports, a number which rose to 72 in 2016. Moreover, Maria Isabel Urrutia’s gold medal in Sydney in 2000, in addition to breaking with sexist ideas that historically classified women as unfit for physical endeavours, opened the door to her contribution to Law 181 on sport in Colombia, improving the regulation of sports incentives for Olympic athletes.

Finally, the contribution made by this Colombian female athlete has shed light on the issue of women and sport in Colombia, something which must be identified, formulated, adopted, enacted on and evaluated through public policy. Beyond being a role model for men and women, she has shattered stereotypes and created more inclusivity, representing a breakthrough in Colombian sport.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)  

Disability Sport 


Injuries & Medical Conditions 

(Editor:  Yes, I know about the injuries and later life consequences!  My husband competed in the Munich, Montreal and Moscow Olympics (basketball) and in later life the ankle injuries have caught up with him.)

International Sport Systems 

Performance Recovery 

Physical Activity 

Physical Health for Older Adults

Physical Literacy 


Preventive Health 

Sexuality & Gender Ethics 

South Africa – from Doreen Solomons

Dear IAPESGW Friends

I’m sharing this item (below) with you. Dr Beatrice Wiid (91 years old) who was very sick in hospital a few weeks ago….  recuperated to share this story. A tremendous effort and story about one of the oldest members of IAPESGW!!

Best wishes to all of you.

Doreen Solomons

Ninety-one-year-old academic challenges businesses, residents to help with housing delivery

“Dr. Beatrice Wiid (91) has been working tirelessly over her decades-long career, into her extremely active ‘retirement’ and as Chairperson of the Board of the Interchange Foundation to help others through her social action values-approach to life. One of her great passions is for housing and through her efforts, she has raised R340 000 from corporates to build Ms Nomonde Tshdna her own home in Khayelitsha. The City salutes Dr Wiid for her extraordinary contribution to the people of Cape Town. ….. Government alone cannot solve the affordable housing challenge. Dr Wiid’s efforts show a big opportunity exists for corporates to take a look at housing provision for qualifying members of their staff, especially as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts.

Sport Concussion & Head Trauma 

Sport Injuries and Medical Conditions 

Sport Medicine 

Sport Participation 

VENEZUELAN NEWS – from Rosa López de D’Amico

On Saturday 12th November 2020 the Karate-Do in Venezuela was celebrating three important events in Maracay city. Roraima Solorzano and José Di Nino were given their deserved 8th Degree Black Belt – Hanshi (Philosopher in the Sosei Arts). Both of them have dedicated their lives to Karate Do, both former members of the national team, referees, administrators and coaches with their own Karate Do schools/gyms.

Besides, Di Nino is an academic at the ‘Simon Rodriguez University (UNESR)’ and president of the Aragua State Coaches Association. Dr. Roraima Solorzano is the first woman to receive this high degree, coach at the Teachers Training University (UPEL) and she is promoting the women and sport group in Aragua State.
Besides, in the event, the book Perpetuando el Ryu-Ha (Perpetuating the Ryu-Ha) was published in Spanish. The authors, Solorzano and Di Nino narrate the life and teaching of the Meijin Yuichi Negishi (their mentor) who was a world authority in Karate-Do. It is a beautiful book written with love and technique, a great narrative in which anyone can learn about this great master. Besides it is a wonderful example of two disciples writing about the legacy of their master.

In the last part of the event, I received a great susprise, the International Sosei Association awarded me a Honorific black belt – 1rst Dan for my academic and scientific support to sport and physical activity that also contribute to the Sosei Arts as disciplines that support human development in the different countries in which these arts are taught.

It has to be acknowledged the presence of the evaluators from the International Sosei Association (ISA) Hanshi 9th Dan Simón Zapata and 9th Hanshi 9th Dan Francisco Dávila.
Thanks for allowing me to share with you this special event and for making me much closer to the Karate Do family, it is a great responsibility!

Rosa López de D’Amico

Thanks Aura and José Di Nino for the photos

Photo Left: (L-R) Roraima Solorzano, Francisco Dávila, SImón Zapata,Rosa López de D’Amico, José Di Nino | Photo Center: Part of the Kara Do family who attended the event.

Women in Sport 

United Nations Women Australia: Celebrating the moves toward equality

What a year we’ve had! 

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all in so many different ways and shed light on existing gender inequalities, such as unequal division of unpaid care work in our homes and the increase of domestic violence. While these urgent needs remain at the forefront of our thoughts and actions, it is also important to celebrate the milestones we have reached.

As 2020 draws to a close, we take a look back at some of the most memorable achievements for gender equality and women’s rights around the world.

We cannot let this momentum stop. In 2021 we will continue to stand for women and girls everywhere as we work towards a more gender equal world. We hope you will join us.

Don’t forget next year is our Quadrennial Congress, September 2021 in China.  See you there!


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