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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 […]