INTERNATIONAL WORKING GROUP ON WOMEN AND SPORT

Registration Starts On 1st May 2017

Former members 1994 – 2014

Co-Chair

Ms Raija Mattila (Finland)

Former Director, Sport Division of the Finnish Ministry of Education 

Member of Honorary Committee, Finnish Student Sports Federation

Member of Board, UKK Research Institute on Physical Education

Member of Consultative Committee, Finnish Society of Sport Sciences

Raija Mattila has worked for nearly forty years as a decision-maker and in executive assignments in the sport sector. She has worked at the Finnish Ministry of Education since 1979, as Director of Arts and Cultural Heritage Division of the Ministry from 2000 to 2002 and as Director of the Sport Division from 2002 to 2009. Raija Mattila, M.Pol.Sc, has represented Finnish sport on the international stage for decades. Among her other duties, Mattila chaired the Council of Europe Committee for the Development of Sport from 1996 to 1998, and was in charge of promoting sport themes in the Ministry of Education during Finland’s EU presidencies in 1999 and 2006.

Raija Mattila has had an active role in promoting national and international equality work concerning sport. She has chaired several equality workgroups, executing their proposals, acting as a lecturer, and supporting the Spikes Award (equal opportunity in sport) and mentor training for female executives.

e-mail: raija.mattila(at)valo.fi

 

Co-Chair

Dr. Johanna Adriaanse (Australia)

Senior Lecturer of Human Movement and Sport Management

University of Technology, Sydney

Johanna Adriaanse is Senior Lecturer in Sport Management and member of the Research Centre for Corporate Governance at the University of Technology, Sydney.  She is a former Director of the university’s Sport Management and Human Movement programs.  She completed two undergraduate degrees, Bachelor of Education (PE) and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in Amsterdam prior to obtaining her Master of Education and PhD at the University of Sydney.

As an educator in sport and physical activity for more than 25 years she draws on experience gained at a range of institutions in the Netherlands, Italy and Australia.

Johanna is a researcher in and public commentator on women, sport and gender equality, and has completed projects with, among other, Australian National Sport Organisations and UN Women.  She has widely shared her work in academic and professional publications, and at national and international conferences in all continents of the world.

Since 2006 she is Co-chair of the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport, and convened the 5thWorld Conference on Women and Sport in 2010 in Sydney.  She also serves on the Advisory Board of WomenSport International.

In 2004 Johanna received the Margaret Pewtress Memorial Award from the Australian Government for her outstanding contribution to women’s sport. Representing the Netherlands in the Europe Cup for Hockey, she was a member of the team that won four gold medals in the 1970s.  She is the proud mother of three children, Arabella, Johan and Luigi.

e-mail: johanna.adriaanse(a)uts.edu.au

 

Regional Representative: Americas & Caribbean

Ms Clemencia Anaya Maya (Colombia)

Dean of the Colombian Olympic Academy

President of both, the Colombian Association for Women and Sport and the Women’s Sport Commission of the Colombian Olympic Committee

Clemencia is the Dean of the Colombian Olympic Academy and an Executive Board member of the Colombian Olympic Committee. Moreover, Clemencia currently holds the position of president of both, the Colombian Association for Women and Sport and the Women’s Sport Commission of the Colombian Olympic Committee.

Born in the city of Bogotá, Clemencia is a professional in Physical Education and Journalism. Her sports background as an athlete involves participation in the basketball national team as a player and coach. She was also the representative pf Colombia in the Olympic Forum: Sport and Universal dialogue in Barcelona in 2004 and General Director of the Opening and Closing Ceremoniesof the XX Centro American Games, celebrated in Cartagena, Colombia in July 2005. Moreover, she acts as a guest speaker on sports congresses and conferences, such as the Women Sport Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2007 on a regular basis.

 

Regional Representative: Asia

Ms Natalya Sipovich (Kazakhstan)

Chair, OCA Women and Sport Committee

 

Regional Representative: Europe

Ms Kristina Thurée (Sweden)

Chair, European Women and Sport

 

Regional Representative: Ocenia

Ms Susie Yee (Fiji)

Position:

  • Chairperson Women in Sport Fiji
  • Member of the Women and Sport Ocenia (WASO)
  • Former Vice President – Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC), 2000-2008
  • Assistance Chef de Mission Mini Games in Norfolk, 2001
  • General Manager – Pacific Games, 2003, 2007 and 2011
  • President – Marist Squash Club
  • Life Member – Fiji Squash Rackets Association
  • President – Women’s Golf Fiji, 2006-2012

Sport: 

  • Fiji representative in Women’s Rugby, 1972
  • Fiji representative – Hockey, 1971 – 1979
  • Fiji representative – Squash, 1983 – 1991
  • Playing Golf – handicap of 14

 

NGO Representative: IAPESGW

Dr Rosa López de D’Amico (Venezuela)

President, International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW)

Professor at the Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador – Maracay, Venezuela. Coordinator of the Research Center “Estudios en Educación Física, Salud, Deporte, Recreación y Danza” (EDUFISADRED); research focused on physical education, comparative studies in sport, sport policy, leadership, culture and gender. Publications in Spanish, English and French. Editorial board member of various academic journals.

 

NGO Representative: WSI

Dr Kari Fasting (Norway)

WomenSport International 

Past President

Professor, The Norwegian School of Sport Science

Dr Kari Fasting is professor at the Department of Cultural and Social Studies of the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, in Olso, Norway. She became the first elected chair of this institution and served as rector from 1989 to 1994. She was also the first president of the Norwegian Society for Sport Research. From 1985 ti 1991 she was a member of the Women’s Comnmittee in th Norwegian Confederation of Sports representing this organization during the first six years of the European Women and Sports Group (1990-1996).

She is past president of the International Sociology of Sport Associationb, and one of the founding members of WomenSport International. Professor Fasting’s main research area is women and sport, and she has written more than 300 publications.

e-mail: kari.fasting(a)nih.no

 

Co-opted Expert: Women and Sport in Africa

Ms Matilda Mwaba (Zambia)

Founder and Executive Director, The National Organisation for Women in Sport, Physical Activity and recreation (NOWSPAR)

Matilda Mwaba is a founder and Executive Director of the National Organisation for Women in Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation (NOWSPAR) in Zambia; she was the first female president of the Zambia Judo Association and the International Kicking AIDS Out Network, served on the National Olympic Committee and the National Sports Council of Zambia. Her key concerns are women’s participation in leadership and harassment of women and girls in sport.

e-mail: matilda.mwaba(a)nowspar.com

 

Co-opted Expert: French-speaking Women and Sport Movement

Ms. Valiollah Saint-Louis Gilmus (Haiti)

International Coordinator, CONFEJES

Current responsibilities

  • Director of physical activities and sports at the MJSAC (Ministry of Youth, Sports and Civic Action) for the Republic of Haiti, she is in charge of training of executive officers
  • International coordinator for ‘Working Group (GTCF)’, she is responsible for the promotion and participation of women and young girls in youth activities and sports within the CONFEJES
  • Regional coordinator for Area E (Indian Ocean, Asia and Caribbean) for the GTCF within the CONFEJES
  • National Delegate to the CONFEJES for MJSAC’s ‘Woman, Youth and Sport’
  • President of ANOH, (National Olympic Academy of Haiti)
  • Active member of HOC, (Women’s Commission of the Haitian Olympic Committee)

Professional and Sports profile

After playing volleyball during her elementary and secondary academic years, and making it to first national division and then national team of Haiti, Valiollah became a member of the women’s volleyball team at the University of Montreal (Canada). She also participated in handball games competitions as well as group gymnastics sports demonstration in Senegal.

Her sports and physical education credentials also include a Master’s degree and License in the field of Sciences and Technologies for Physical Activities and Sports, as well as a Master’s degree in administration of sports bodies.

After holding official public functions in Haiti since 1985, Valiollah became appointed in 2008 to the position of Director of Physical Activities and Sports for the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Civic Action. To date she continously engages herself in implementation of sector policies and management activities related to her position, while devoting her efforts in encouraging the concrete involvement of women.

While responsible for training her administrative staff, she pays particular attention to equitable gender participation in activities aimed at the development and expension of youth in the world of sports.

Implications actuelles

  • Directrice des Activités Physiques et des Sports du Ministère de la Jeunesse, des Sports et de l’Action Civique (MJSAC) de la République d’Haïti et Chargée de la Formation des Cadres.
  • Coordonnatrice Internationale du Groupe de Travail chargé de la promotion et de la participation des femmes et des jeunes filles aux activités de jeunesse et de sport (GTCF) de la Conférence des Ministres de la Jeunesse, et des Sports de la Francophonie (CONFEJES).
  • Coordonnatrice Régionale du GTCF pour la zone E de la CONFEJES (Océan Indien, Asie et caraïbes)
  • Déléguée Nationale Femme, Jeunesse et Sport du MJSAC auprès de la CONFEJES
  • Présidente de l’Académique Nationale Olympique d’Haïti (ANOH)
  • Membre de la Commission Féminine du Comité Olympique Haïtien (COH)

Profil sportif et professionnel

Après avoir joué au volleyball au niveau scolaire, en première division nationale  et en équipe nationale d’Haïti, Valiollah a été membre de l’équipe féminine de volleyball de l’université de Montréal. Elle a également participé à des compétitions de handball et au groupe de démonstration de gymnastique sportive au Sénégal.

Dans le domaine des Sciences et techniques des Activités Physiques et des Sports, elle est détentrice d’une licence, d’une maitrise d’enseignement et d’un master spécialisé en administration des organismes sportifs.

Fonctionnaire public depuis 1985 en Haïti, Valiollah a été nommée, en 2008, Directrice des Activités Physiques et des sports au Ministère de la jeunesse, des sports et de l’Action Civique. Elle consacre son temps, tout en veillant à une implication certaine des femmes, à la mise en œuvre des politiques du secteur et à la gestion des activités liées à son poste.

Chargée aussi de la formation des cadres de sa direction, elle accorde un intérêt particulier à la participation équitable des genres aux activités visant au développement et à l’épanouissement des jeunes du monde sportif.

e-mail: valiollah1slg(at)yahoo.fr

 

Co-Opted Expert: Women and Disability/Paralympic Sport Movement

Ms. Malini Rajasegaran (Malaysia)

Secretary General, Asian Paralympic Committee  

Major Contributions to Sport for Athletes with a Disability:

Founding Organizing Committee member of ASEAN Para Sports Federation and Secretary General of Asean Para Sports Federation (APSF) till now

Founding Organizing Committee and Secretary General of Asian Paralympic Committee (APC)

Initiate the move together with the President and the Prime mover for the formation of: ASEAN Para Games; Asian Youth Para Games; Asian Para Games; 25 Asian Regional Sports Championships; Asian Open Winter Para Games; Asian Women Summit; OIC Para Sports Federation

Organizing Secretary: APC Strategic Convention Kuala Lumpur 2003; “Sports Masters Global Award” (2005); “Asian Women Leadership Summit in Paralympic sports” 2008; “20th MPC Anniversary” 2009; General Assembly, Kuala Lumpur (2009)

 

2006 – 2010

Chair, 2008-2010 (Co-Chair, 2006-2008)

Ms Johanna Adriaanse (Australia)

University of Technology, Sydney

Vice-Chair, 2008-2010 (Co-Chair, 2006-2008)

Ms Birgitta Kervinen (Finland)

European Non-Governmental Sports Organizations (ENGSO)

Vice-Chair, 2008-2010 (Senior International Advisor, 2006-2008)

Dr. Carole Oglesby (USA)

California State University, Northrigde

Regional Representative: Africa

Ms Carol Garoes (Namibia)

African Women in Sport (AWISA)

Regional Representative: Americas & Caribbean

Prof. Chris Shelton (USA) 2006-2008 (Co-opted Expert 2008-2010)

Ms Clemencia Anaya Maya (Colombia) 2008-2010

Colombian Association for Women and Sport

Regional Representative: Asia

Dr. Aneesa Al-Hitmi (Qatar) 2006-2008

YB Dato’ Seri Azalina Dato’ Othman Said(Malaysia) 2008-2010

Asian Working Group on Women and Sport

Regional Representative: Europe

Ms Amanda Athina Kyriakidou (Cypros) 2006-2008

Ms Amanda Bennett (UK) 2009-2010

European Women and Sport (EWS)

Regional Representative: Oceania

Ms Susie Yee (Fiji)

Women in Sport Fiji

NGO Representative: IAPESGW

Prof. Darlena Kluka (USA) 2006-2009

Dr. Tansin Benn (UK) 2009-2010

International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women

NGO Representative: WSI

Dr. Kari Fasting (Norway)

WomenSport International

Co-opted expert

Ms Lilamani de Soysa (Sri Lanka / Switzerland)

International Table Tennis Federation

Co-opted expert

Ms Lydia la Riviére (Netherlands)

Consultant in Gender, Diversity and Sport

Co-opted expert

Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara (Japan)

Japanese Association for Women in Sport (JWS)

Co-opted expert

Ms Flora Eteta’a (Cameroon)

International Coordinator, GTCF / CONFEJES

Secretariat

Sally Ryan (Australia)

Secretariat

Ms Carolyn Hammer-Smith (Australia)

 

2002 – 2006

Co-Chair

Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara (Japan)

Japanese Association for Women in Sport (JWS)

Co-Chair

Dr. Sue Neil (Canada)

Sport Canada

Regional Representative: Africa

Hon.  Pendukini Iivula-lthana (Namibia)

Namibian Government

Regional Representative: Americas & Caribbean

Prof. Chris Shelton (USA)

Smith College

Regional Representative: Asia

Ms Annabel Pennefather (Singapore)

Singapore Sports Council

Regional Representative: Europe

Ms Chantal Amade-Escot (France)

European Women and Sport (EWS)

Regional Representative: Oceania

Ms Lois Fordham (Australia)

Australian Sport Commission

NGO Representative: IAPESGW

Dr. Margaret Talbot (UK)

International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women

NGO Representative: WSI

Dr. Kari Fasting (Norway)

WomenSport International

Co-opted expert

Dr. Anita White (UK)

UK Sport

Co-opted expert

Ms Beatrice Hess (France)

International Paralympic Committee

Co-opted expert

Ms Lilamani de Soysa (Sri Lanka)

International Table Tennis Federation

Secretariat

Mr. Yacine Kabbage (Morocco / UK)

 

 

1998 – 2002

Co-Chair

Dr. Sue Neil (Canada)

Government of Canada

Co-Chair

Hon. Pendukini Iivula-lthana (Namibia)

African Women in Sport (AWISA), Government of Namibia – Sport Minister

Dr. Anita White (UK)

British Sports Council

Ms Nawal El Moukawatel (Morocco)

CONFEJES, International Olympic Committee

 

Regional Representative: Americas

Ms Clemencia Anaya Maya (Colombia)

Colombian Olympic Committee

Ms Lu Shengring (China)

International Badminton Federation

Regional Representative: Caribbean

Ms Anra Bobb (Trinidad and Tobago)

Government of Trinidad and Tobago

Regional Representative: Europe

Ms Birgitta Kervinen (Finland)

European Women and Sport (EWS)

Regional Representative: Oceania

Ms Alisi Tabete (Fiji)

Ocenia Sports Federation

NGO Representative: IAPESGW

Dr. Nabilah Ahmed Abdulrahman (Egypt)

International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women

NGO Representative: IAPESGW

Dr. Margaret Talbot

International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women

NGO Representative: WSI

Dr. Carole Oglesby (USA)

WomenSport International

Prof. Chris Shelton (USA)

WomenSport International

Ms Judy Kent (Canada)

Commonwealth Games Federation

Dr. Debora Cubagee (Ghana)

Ghana Olympic Committee

Ms Carol Garoes (Namibia)

African Women in Sport (AWISA)

Co-opted

Dr. Etsuko Ogasawara (Japan)

Japanese Association for Women in Sport (JWS)

Ms Pirjo Puskala (Finland)

Finnish Sports Federation

Secretariat

Ms Trice Cameron (Canada)

 

Former IWG Members 1994-2010

1994-1998

Co-Chair

Hon. Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana (Namibia)

Minister of Lands, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Namibia

Co-Chair

Dr. Anita White (UK)

Director of Development, English Sports Council

Regional Representative: Americas & Caribbean

Ms Clemencia Anaya Maya (Colombia)

Colombia Olympic Academy

Regional Representative: Oceania

Ms Kereyn Smith (New Zealand)

Hillary Commission

Regional Representative: Asia

Ms Mien Gondowidjojo (Indonesia)

Mr Andreas Hanson (UK)

UK Sports Council

Regional Representative: Oceania

Ms Debbie Simms (Australia)

Australian Sports Commission

NGO Representative: WSI

Ms Elizabeth Darlison

WomenSport International

Host of next World Conference / Regional Representative: Americas & Caribbean

Dr. Sue Neil (Canada)

Sport Canada

Ms Katia Mascagni (Switzerland)

International Olympic Committee

Ms Judy Kent (Canada)

Commonwealth Games Federation