First Women and Sport Conference at the Universitat de València

 
Campeonato autonómico de vóley femenino.
Campeonato autonómico de vóley femenino.

The Universitat de València organises on 10th and 11th May 2018 the first conference of Women and Sport under the motto ‘Límites actuales y posibilidades de futuro’. The meeting will take place at the ADEIT Foundation. It will analyse the obstacles that complicate the effective equality in that field, as well as improve the visibility of the female sport.

The programme includes the debate of major issues of interest through conferences and tables of work with the participation of athletes and professional specialists in the sport area. During the event, it will be collected experiences of women with distinguished sport careers and studied the treatment of the female sport in the media. Moreover, the role exercised by companies will be analysed as a key to solve the current problem.

Among the persons who will speak at the meeting are Capitolina Díaz, professor of Sociology at the Universitat de València; Maider Castillo, of Levante Unión Deportiva; Irene Garí, player of Valencia Basket Club; Patricia Tórtola, referee of the first division football; Lola Ochoa, paralympic tennis player; Jennifer Pareja, of Iberdrola; or Susana Pérez-Amor, general deputy director of Women and Sport of the Supreme Council for Sports. Moreover there will be a round table with journalist of the Diario Levante, À Punt or RTVE, among other media.

In addition, under this initiative has been convened the I Prize Delikia, a recognition to the best project of innovation with the topic of Women and Sport. It will be given at the end of the meeting on Friday 11th at 13h.

The first conference Women and Sport is sponsored by Delikia Fresh and the collaboration of the General Direction of Sport of the Generalitat Valenciana (Valencian Government), the Valencian Provincial Council, the Local Sport Foundation, Official College of professors in Physical Education and Sports Sciences of the Valencian Community, Association of sport professional managers of the Community and the platform for building, dissemination and visibility of female sport Nosotras Deportistas.

“With the first conference Women and Sport we want to highlight and promote women participation in sports, not only from an academic point of view, but also the most immediate reality, from the daily practice”, claims the director of the conference, José Campos. He is also president of the organizing committee composed by members of the Universitat de València, the City Hall of Valencia, the Valencian Provincial Council, the Association of sport professional managers of the Valencian Community and other experts.

The conference is an initiative and also reaffirms equality policy of opportunities at the University as well as in the sport services. For the first time, the Institution holds an specific conference about women and sport with participation of sponsoring companies, elite athletes, media and academic experts. The prize Delikia to the best project developing in the practice of female sport is also for the first time convened. “It is an award that wants to recognise the innovation in this area, on the part of public, associations, organisations working daily in the field of Sport and women to give it greater visibility and promotion”, exposes Campos.

Furthermore, the first conference of Women and Sport is based on a political and academic tradition of the Universitat de València. That guarantee years of continued commitment from the Physical Education and Sports Service, and also from institutional units, such as the Equality Unit. For instance, the High Council for Sports ('Consejo Superior de Deportes’) recognised in 2011 this labour with the prize to the best Spanish university in promoting female sport. The attention to the effective equality is translated to the design of sport and recreational activity programmes destined to the female participation in a 80% of the offer. The same occurs with competitions, because all teams have these two categories. In addition, the University recognises during its annual gala of sport the female sport promotion. Levante Unión Deportiva presented the award in the last edition.

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