©IOC/Raitis Purins

©IOC/Raitis Purins

DOHA, May 13, 2015 – More than one hundred delegates from Africa, Asia and Oceania will participate in a media workshop on women and sport in Doha from May 15-16, 2015.

Jointly organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Qatar Olympic Committee, the workshop will bring together women and men who work in sport and media to look at making positive changes for women in sport.

The workshop aims to raise awareness and educate media professionals about the importance of the media in promoting gender equality. It will also provide opportunities for participants to share their experiences and learn from each other.

The speakers will include leaders from the Continental Associations and National Olympic Committees, Olympians, as well as representatives from the media and the business worlds.

Among those who will take the floor are the Chair of the IOC Women and Sport Commission, Lydia Nsekera, the Chairperson of the Qatar Women’s Sport Committee and winner of the 2013 IOC Women and Sport Award World Trophy, Ahlam Salem Mubarak Al Mana, as well as the President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), Intendant General Lassana Palenfo, and the OCA President, Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al-Sabah, both IOC Members.

Key themes to be discussed during the two-day event include: Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality in 2015 and beyond – The key potential of media as a platform to accelerate changes; What is the crucial role men can play in advancing gender equality?; Addressing the imbalance – challenges posed by the media and their impact on gender equality; Promoting leadership of women through the media; Media coverage of women’s events & the “rules” of media coverage; and Why aren’t more women working in sports media?

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