30 June 2021

GENDER EQUALITY ROUND TABLE ANNOUNCED AS PART OF 2021 JUDO FESTIVAL

GENDER EQUALITY ROUND TABLE ANNOUNCED AS PART OF 2021 JUDO FESTIVAL

During the Judo Festival 2021, the EJU will be hosting the ‘Gender Equity Round Table’ webinar. On the 10th of July, four key speakers will be welcomed by EJU Vice President, Jane Bridge to deliver their presentations in order to encourage the participation of women in sport. 

First up will be Sanda Corak, President of the Croatian Judo Federation and recently appointed IJF Education Director, delivering her talk titled ‘Women in judo: can we achieve the equality?’. Each speaker will give a short talk before an open discussion will take place. 

Next is Vice President of the British Judo Association, Rowena Birch. The 1994 European champion was also an Olympian in the Atlanta Games, 1996. With an ample background in the sport and now in financial services, it is apt that her discussion is titled, ‘Recruiting More Women Using Fresh Eyes – Success Factors from Financial Services’. 

Sanda Corak, President of the Croatian Judo Federation and recently appointed IJF Education Director.

1994 European champion, 1996 Atlanta Olympian, Vice President of the British Judo Association and Financial Advisor.

Speaking also with great experience in the field, Driton Toni Kuka, the National Coach of the Kosovo Judo Federation will lead his talk, ‘How to keep girls in Judo.’ With the likes of Olympic, world and European champion Majlinda Kelmendi as well as three-time IJF Masters winner, Distria Krasniqi – and more – this will be certainly be worth listening to. 

The fourth talk will be ‘Vision 2020 – a success story in strategic work.’ This will be delivered by Kristiina Pekkola, President of the Swedish Judo Federation & Dr. Jesper Fundberg of the University in Malmoe. 

Driton Toni Kuka, National Coach of the Kosovo Judo Federation with the 2021 IJF Masters gold medallist, Distria Krasniqi. (c) Emanuele Di Feliciantonio

Kristiina Pekkola, President of the Swedish Judo Federation.

Dr. Mike Callan (c) Emanuele Di Feliciantonio.

Finally, Mike Callan of the University of Hertfordshire will discuss his topic of ‘Women in Judo in the academic literature’.

With speakers from a variety of background, positions and perspectives, we hope this will be a well rounded discussion with information and knowledge than be put in to practice. Within the EJU we are gifted to have this ability and to continue the work to achieve gender equity in this sport and further afield. 

We would be very happy to welcome you in this session using the following zoom link:
https://zoom.us/j/96322835397

We are looking forward to welcoming all of you in this online session.

Author: Thea Cowen