AIMS Celebrates International Women’s Day
Sport is one of the most powerful platforms on which to spotlight gender equality. Since its inauguration in 2009, AIMS has taken strategic steps towards narrowing the gender gap both on and off the field of play. It is AIMS’ strong belief that gender equality is of profound importance, a basic human right and a fundamental principle of the Olympic charter. In 2015, AIMS and UN Women signed an important MoU for cooperation and since then, a representative of UN Woman has spoken at the AIMS General Assembly in 2015, 2017 and 2018. The aim of AIMS is to continue to work with the federations towards a realistic approach in achieving gender equality as much on as off the field of play. The AIMS council consists of 3 female members Helen Lundberg the President of International Federation of Sled dog Sports, Dr Julie Gabriel President of Federation Internationale de Savate and Sabine Shanahan representing the World Darts Federation, the AIMS executive secretary Ravi Dent is also female.
AIMS President Stephan Fox stated, “AIMS stands for family and in a family its members stand side by side to provide and work for the next generation. Through the teamwork and cooperation of all stakeholders we can enact effective change. Girls and women are being given greater access and opportunity. We face the many challenges together and work towards solutions. AIMS works very closely with the IOC and towards fulfilling the Olympic Agenda 2020. Today let us celebrate international women’s day and let us recognise the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Let us also remind ourselves that every day is women’s day and let us work through collective action driving gender parity and the success will be the result of our collective efforts in the safeguarding of basic human rights.”