— Published 8 September 2023

A forum on gender equality

The Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) is at it again. It has announced that it will be holding its second Gender Equality Forum early next month (October 2 and 3). The first edition took place in virtual mode in June 2021, in the midst of the health crisis. The second will be held on the island of Sal in Cape Verde. Theme chosen: “From the meeting room to the playground“. The body explains in a press release that the aim of the forum is to “share best practices between ANOCA zones, National Olympic Committees and at international level.” In line with the IOC’s Agenda 2020+5, ANOCA wishes to offer women the opportunity to become involved in sport by occupying key positions outside the competition arena. The aim is to achieve at least 30% female representation on sports governing bodies. Beyond the numbers, ANOCA explains that it wants to ensure that “all women have the opportunity to participate in sporting activities in a healthy and conducive environment that takes into account the preservation of the rights of dignity, respect for individual equality to participate in sport regardless of race, religion, gender, disability and social origin.”