WAKO and International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) partnership

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WAKO became a partner of one more International organization which deals with Women in sport issue.

International Working Group on Women and Sport  IWG is International organization dealing with gender equality and women presence in sport in all levels, forcing initiatives to promote physical activity, offering men and women equal opportunities in the sport arena and enlisting men as allies in the fight for gender equality.

On 4th March 2017 during Irish Open International for Peace and Sport WAKO Cup, it was organized  the ceremony of signing the agreement between two parties, which means that WAKO has signed and adopted  Brighton Plus Helsinki 2014 Declaration on Women and Sport.

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Mrs. Kristina Thuree, IWG European representative and Mr. Borislav Pelevic, WAKO President with WAKO Women Committee members

Declaration was signed by Mrs. Kristina Thuree, IWG European representative and by WAKO President, Mr. Borislav Pelevic, witnessed by WAKO Women Committee chairman Mrs. Kate Kociszewska and WAKO Women Committee member Mrs. Marijana Pelevic.

The presence of Mrs. Kristina Thuree on the WAKO Cup was the great occasion to introduce our sport kickboxing and to arrange a meeting with WAKO Women Committee, where important issues of implementing principles of the Declaration were discussed.


Mrs. Kristina Thuree’s speach during the Opening ceremony of Irish Open International Kickboxing Cup

The most important highlight of this partnership for WAKO is to clearly step forward in  work towards gender equality and equal participation of women and girls in kickboxing sport at all levels and roles: as athletes, coaches, referees and executive officials. For the WAKO, the goal is clear: we already reached the number of 35% female athletes in WAKO, but we have to focus on including more women in executive bodies of the organization.