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Collective voice for women in sports sought

REPRESENTATIVES from five different regions exchanged views on women in sports at the Annual International World Games for Women in Sports meeting in Kuala Lumpur early this month.


Co-chairperson of the meeting, Johanna Adriaanse, said the main purpose of the meeting is to have a strategic plan for the new term of the International Working Group on Women and Sports (IWG).

“We are hoping to get a global, sustainable and collective voice for women in sports from all over the world,” said Johanna, who is representing Australia.

She said the IWG sees sports as empowerment of women as women can be seen taking the leadership role such as team captain or coaches.

Among the issues covered at the meeting were sexual harassment which often happens when women fall victim to abusive coaches.
Johanna is also very impressed with the development of women in sports in Malaysia. “I think Malaysia can be a role model for others to learn from in developing women sports” she said.

This is the first time Malaysia is hosting the annual meeting which had delegates from Australia, US, Canada, Netherlands, Japan, Fiji, Finland and Qatar attending. The meeting ends today.

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