The International Olympic Committee has kicked off the registration process for next year’s IOC World Conference on Women and Sport, which will take place Feb. 16-18, 2012, in Los Angeles.

Under the theme “Together Stronger: The Future of Sport,” the event is being organized jointly by the IOC, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games.

The theme stands for the positive evolution in the promotion of girls and women in sport, especially during the last two decades. The call that is linked to it aims to streamline the discussions and efforts of all stakeholders involved to the next level, with women and men working together to remove some of the barriers to gender equality in sport that still exist.

Conference participants and high-level speakers will comprise representatives from the sports community, the United Nations system, specialized organizations, universities, governments, non-governmental organizations, the business world and the media.

Items on the Agenda

Topics to be discussed in plenary and breakout sessions include:

  • Gender equality and the Olympic Movement
  • Sponsorships and gender
  • Media coverage on sports performance of male and female athletes
  • Gender discrimination, sexual abuse and triad risks
  • Women and leadership: sharing best practices
  • Corporate sector tackling gender issues
  • Breaking barriers through public policy
  • The UN and the Olympic Movement: The importance of partnership

2012 IOC Women and Sport Awards

A highlight will be the presentation of the 2012 IOC Women and Sport Awards, which recognize outstanding initiatives that enhance the participation, development and involvement of women and young girls in society through sport. One world and five continental trophies will be awarded to individuals and organizations. Candidates can be put forward by National Olympic Committees (NOCs), International Federations (IFs) and Continental Associations until Aug. 31, 2011.

Background information

There is no doubt that women’s participation is key for a healthy society in general, but also for the future of sport. The IOC has made women’s participation in sporting activities and administration one of its major concerns. While there is a clear rise in women’s participation in Olympic events, additional efforts are needed to strengthen women’s representation in sports leadership positions. The IOC encourages more women to take up responsible positions in sports organizations and has various programs in place to equip the candidates with the necessary skills and tools to fulfill their tasks.

The IOC’s World Conference on Women and Sport, which takes place every four years, is an important platform to assess the progress made and prioritize future action. The last Conference held in Jordan in 2008 attracted more than 600 participants from 116 countries, and concluded with a strong action plan, the success of which will also be assessed in Los Angeles.

For more information on the conference, to register or to nominate individuals or organizations for the 2012 IOC Women and Sport Awards, please go to