International Women’s Day Observed by the International Paralympic Committee

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) commemorated the United
Nations (UN) International Women’s Day for 2010 with an event held in
March at the Whistler Paralympic Village Plaza in Canada. The theme of the
event – “Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All”
– was attended by representatives of the Paralympic Movement and
highlighted the achievements of women in sport.

IPC president Sir Philip Craven, IPC governing board members Alan
Dickson, Patrick Jarvis, Ann Cody and Rita Van Driel, IPC chief executive
officer Xavier Gonzalez, and president of the Canadian Paralympic Committee,
Carla Qualtrough were also present for the event that marks the 100th
anniversary of the event.

“The IPC has always viewed gender equity and the participation of
girls and women in Paralympic Sport as a priority, and is continuously
dedicated to addressing the actual and perceived barriers of women in
sport,” Craven said, in a statement released by the IPC. “Many women
throughout history have contributed to the Paralympic Movement in roles that
not only include athletes, but administrators, coaches and volunteers.”

Participation of women in Olympic sports hit a record high at the
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Women accounted for 34% of athletes at these

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