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Saudi Arabia’s judoka strikes blow for women’s rights at Olympics

August 3, 2012

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Source: The Guardian  by Esther Addley Wojdan Shaherkani has become the first Saudi woman to compete at the Games in London Saudi Arabia’s Wojdan Shaherkani has struck a blow for gender equality at the Olympics. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters A 16-year-old girl who has never before competed in an international competition has struck a blow for […]

Saudi judo player “will not compete” without headscarf (Saudi Arabia)

July 30, 2012

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Source Saudi Arabia’s female athletes took up the back during the opening ceremony in London. In a statement that could dampen the push for Saudi Arabia accepting female athletes to compete in the London Olympic, judo player Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani said she would withdraw from her competition if she is not allowed to […]

Olympics: For Saudi Women, Only a Starting Line

July 26, 2012

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Source: Human Rights Watch Members of the Jeddah Kings United all-female team attend football exercise in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. © AP Images (London) – The participation of two Saudi female athletes in the London Olympics is an important first step but does not go far enough in addressing entrenched problems of gender discrimination in the kingdom, […]

NCW demands one-time payment benefit for ex-women cricketers

July 22, 2012

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NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Women today demanded one-time payment benefit for former women cricket players from the profits of the Indian Premier League (IPL), as was done recently for their male counterparts. “Why this discrimination? A woman is second to none. If former male players are entitled to the payment, women should also […]

Complaints of gender discrimination as men’s and women’s Olympic teams fly separately

July 20, 2012

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BRISBANE, Australia — Sports governing bodies from Japan and Australia are under fire after complaints that male Olympic athletes flew business class to the London Games, while the women sat in the cheap seats. Continue Reading.

Just How Sexist Are The Olympics?

July 20, 2012

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The dirty bias of sports commentators By Mandy Oaklander If you’ve been glued to the TV watching the Olympic Trials these past few days, there’s something other than amazing displays of athletic prowess you may have noticed: Not all is equal when it comes to men and women, at least in the words of the […]

Gender balance shifts gear in male-led sport

July 20, 2012

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©AFPMaria de Vilota News of the serious accident earlier this month involving Maria de Vilota, test driver for the Marussia Formula One team, may have been for some the first indication that women are playing key roles in what has always appeared a stubbornly male sport. De Vilota (pictured), whose father was an F1 driver […]

London 2012: Japan, Australia and organisers face sexism claims

July 19, 2012

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As Japan and Australia fly successful women’s teams in steerage, British canoeist accuses Locog of illegal sexism Despite being current world champions, the Japanese women’s football team had to fly to the Olympic Games in economy class. Photograph: AFLO/Nippon News/Corbis When boarding an aeroplane en route to compete at the Olympics, turn left if you’re […]

First Class Citizens? Surprising Truth About Women’s Equality In Japan

July 18, 2012

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By Jacey Fortin: Last week, members of Japan‘s female soccer team, who are contending for a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics, flew from Tokyo to Paris. By all accounts, the flight went smoothly, but the women could have used a bit more legroom on the 12-hour trip. (Photo: Reuters) The athletes, who became […]

Saudi Arabia: Female Athletes at Olympics will be ‘Breakthrough’ –HRW

July 13, 2012

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Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah United warm up before their friendly basketball game against Jordan’s Al Reyadeh in Amman April 21, 2009. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji Human Rights Watch NEW YORK (July 12, 2012) – Saudi Arabia’s National Olympic Committee’s decision to send two women athletes to the London Olympic Games is a breakthrough for Saudi women’s sports. However, […]