The role of sports and young people in ending violence against women and girls at the Forum on Youth

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bangkok, Thailand - On March 22nd, the Forum on Youth, Education and Sports brought together different organizations and stakeholders that believe on the power of sports to make a difference in society.

Photo: UN Women/Alejandro Hita

UN Women Regional Programme Manager for Ending Violence against Women, Anna-Karin Jatfors, spoke about the role of sports and young people in raising awareness about this critical issue, with examples of breakthrough projects around the world. The session was part of the recent partnership between UN Women and the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA), that have joined forces in order to work with young people to promote gender equality, challenge harmful ideas around masculinities and to contribute to ending violence against women.

The forum saw the participation of over 200 people including Muaythai community, students, members of the diplomatic corps in Bangkok and non-governmental organizations. The activity was organized as part of the first ever Muaythai University World Cup 2015, held under the patronage of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and organized by IFMA and the Institute of Physical Education.

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