This years theme for IWD is about youth and a new generation of engaged and connected women achieving in every facet of life - work, politics, education and business.
IWD has been observed since in the early 1900's, and every year on 8 March, the world celebrates the achievements of women locally, nationally and regionally as part of IWD.
International Women’s Day marks the economic, political and social achievements of women throughout history and across nations. This special day is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. Events are organized around the globe to pay tribute to women on this day (link here for IWD events).
On the sporting front, participants at the 5th World Conference on Women and Sport, held in Los Angeles , 16 - 19 February 2012 called on sport leaders to take a more proactive role in advancing the cause of women in and through sport. BWF was represented at the event with Chair of the Women in Badminton Commission, Nora Perry attending.
The conference ended with over 800 delegates from 135 countries unanimously approving “The Los Angeles Declaration,” a series of recommendations aimed at promoting gender equality in sport and using sport as a tool to improve the lives of women around the world.
The declaration focused on two main themes:
- the need to bring more women into management and leadership roles
- the need to increase collaboration and partnerships, especially with UN organizations, to promote gender equality.
At the BWF, we call on women to make a difference - think globally and act locally! Make everyday - International Women's Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls in our sport is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.
The BWF in 2011, introduced a new award – the Women in Badminton Award and the first recipient of this award was the former (IBF) BWF President, Madame Lu Shengrong. The Women in Badminton Award recognises an individual (man or woman) or an organisation that has made a significant contribution towards the involvement of women or girls in badminton (see link to the BWF Awards section of the website).
The BWF Women in Badminton Commission is chaired by Nora Perry. For more information on this, see the link to the BWF Women in Badminton Commission page.
The BWF is again hosting a Women in Badminton Forum on Sunday 27 May 2012 in Wuhan, China – this is the day after the BWF AGM. We look forward to seeing a record number of women participating in the activities and debates in Wuhan, and showcasing the achievements of our women in badminton.