Smart Cities & Sport publishes new report on how cities can foster women's sport participation
Lausanne, August 30th, 2018 – Today, Smart Cities and Sport, the most prestigious network of sport cities from around the world, has made available a collection of articles on the Smart Cities & Sport platform dedicated to women and sport, which stresses the key role that cities play in the development and the successful implementation of initiatives that aim at fostering women’s sport participation.
This unique collection consists of data gathered from around the world and provides cities with a panel of recommendations to bridge the gender gap and offer women and girls equal opportunities to access sport.
Recommendations include how cities can better identify women and girls’ needs in order to adapt a sports offer accordingly, while the report also alludes to how cities should think of exploring multi-stakeholder partnerships with schools, ministers and the private sector to develop a culture that encourages and promotes active girls.
This collection also features an exclusive interview with Game Mothibi, Secretary General of International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) and Ms. Nasima Razmyar, Deputy Mayor of the City of Helsinki. Four case studies are also reflected on, outlining concrete initiatives undertaken by the City of Geneva, the Kansas City Sports Commission, the Jamaican Boxing Federation and Sport England in this field.
Upon release of the report, Grégoire Junod, President of the World Union of Olympic Cities and Mayor of the City of Lausanne, said: “Cities are increasingly important places for tackling gender inequalities. And as the leaders of sports cities, it is our duty to work harder every day to create equal opportunities for women and men in and through sport.”
Mélanie Duparc, Secretary General, World Union of Olympic Cities, added: “The under-representation of women in sport is a fact, but it is improving. Throughout this publication, we wanted to give voice to those who are working hard, every day, to increase women’s and girls’ participation in sport and inspire cities from around the world to take concrete actions.”
The articles are available online here and the Smart Cities & Sport will be happy to offer a full, printed version to the participants attending the 2018 Smart Cities & Sport Summit in October. For any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mélanie Duparc at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Smart Cities & Sport
The Smart Cities & Sport Summit is the most prestigious network of sport cities from around the world. The Smart Cities & Sport Summit, the organisation’s annual flagship event, is a unique conference targeting representatives of cities and regions across the world willing to develop smart strategies that connect sport and cities. The next edition of the Smart Cities & Sport Summit will take place from October 29-31, 2018 in Lausanne, the Olympic Capital.
More information about the Smart Cities & Sport Summit can be found here.