Since 2000, the IOC Trophies “Women and Sport” have been honoring artisans in developing and strengthening women’s participation in sport. Each year, a world trophy and five continental trophies are awarded to women, men or organizations that have invested the most in the fight for equal opportunities. The leading figures working for the plurality of women in sport in Africa are numerous. Sport au Féminin looks back on the winners of the “Women and Sport” Africa trophy since its creation.
2000 : Lesotho «Women and Sport» Committee
This committee successfully launched an awareness campaign in 1998 in all schools, communities and rural areas of Lesotho to promote physical activity and traditional sports for women and girls and to encourage women to take up leadership positions in national sports organizations. As a result of this campaign, women’s football teams were formed, and the women’s sports clubs, having gained some recognition on this occasion, were able to participate in international competitions. Women have also been co-opted members of the National Olympic Committee of Lesotho and other organizations.
2001 : Sahar El Hawary (Egypt)
Ambassador and FIFA referee for women’s football in 1998, Sahar El Hawary also chairs the first Arab Women’s Football League in 2000 and is the first woman member of the Executive Committee of the Egyptian Football Association. Sahar El Hawary has been dedicated to women’s football in Egypt since 1993. As a sports leader, communication woman, television commentator and referee, she has played an active role in promoting women’s sport in Egypt and the Arab world. . She is credited with the official recognition of women’s football in her country. It was at her initiative that the first women’s football committee was created, culminating in the organization of the first Arab Women’s Football Tournament in Egypt in 1997.
2002 : Tsigie Gebre-Mesih (Ethiopia)
She is one of the few athletes to have contributed to the development of women’s sport in Ethiopia. As a short-distance athlete, she was the first Ethiopian woman to compete in the Olympic Games. She became a coach in 1984, taking charge of the national men’s and women’s short-distance racing teams and has since been organizing coaching and refereeing courses in the different regions of her country.
2003 : The Angolan Handball Federation
Over the past twenty-four years, it has established a vast national program to promote women’s handball. It has enabled the creation and operation of more than eighty handball schools, which host more than five thousand girls. The federation also counts eighty-two clubs, more than a thousand players. Despite difficult economic conditions and socio-political climate, Angola’s National Women’s Team has won the African Nations Cup six times in the last 13 years, which is the best performance of the continent. in this area. The federation is the undisputed reference in the Angolan society for all women and girls wishing to invest in the sport at all levels.
2004 : Khelili Messaouda (Algeria)
The winner for the African continent in 2004, Khelili Messaouda, designed a large national program to promote the participation of women in sport in Algeria.
In the same year, the FIFA Women’s World Cup was awarded the World Trophy.
2005 : Marguerite Ruamba Karama (Burkina Faso)
2006 : Albertine Gonçalves (Senegal)
2007 : Fridah Bilha Shiroya (Kenya)
Treasurer of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Kenya, she is a specialist in sports and social affairs. Always seeking to help the poorest, Fridah has the merit of having strengthened the role of women in Kenyan sport. The first woman to hold an executive position in the Kenyan NOC, she founded the Kenya Women’s Sports Association (TAKWIS) in 1996 to promote women in sport based on their abilities and professional experiences and their interests. This initiative has increased the participation of women in Kenyan sport as well as the representation of women in national administrative sports structures. In addition, Fridah Bilha Shiroya showed her innovative spirit by founding the Kenya Women’s Football Association and introducing softball and baseball in her country.
2008 : Ana Paula Dos Santos (Angola)
2009 : Lydia Nsekera (Burundi )
Sport in Burundi is dominated by men, so the achievements of Lydia Nsekera are very remarkable. The former high jumper, also a basketball player, has made history not only for helping other sportswomen, but also for tackling the ultimate male sport, football, by becoming the first woman in Africa. And she is the second woman in the world to chair a national football federation. She is also the first to have created women’s sports clubs in her country. It was also under her leadership that the Burundian U-17 team won the Central and East Africa Football Association Cup. Nsekera also organized the first ever women’s football championship in Burundi, and in 2004 successfully ran a national campaign to involve women in refereeing, sports administration and coaching. Finally, she raised awareness of the issues of sexual violence against women and HIV / AIDS.
2010 : Germaine MANGUET (Guinea)
Few people have defended the cause of women in African sport with such conviction: Germaine Manguet, President of the Women and Sport Commission of the NOC of Guinea and Vice-President of the Guinean Volleyball Federation, is one of them. She created regional offices of the commission, launched the national day of women and sport, organized trainings in sports administration and allowed women to join sports organizations and decision-making bodies at national level. Ms. Manguet told the media that most of the commission’s events are covered by professional journalists. Every year she organizes a radio program on the theme of women and sport. Guinean Minister of Social Affairs and Promotion of Women and Children in 2008 and 2009, Ms. Manguet played an important role in promoting women at the political level.
2011 : Nadouvi Lawson Body (Togo)
Nadouvi Lawson’s commitment to the development of basketball in Togo and all other sports has allowed her to be the first woman elected president of the Basketball Federation and vice-president of the Togolese National Olympic Committee (NOC). She has regularly funded sports activities for women and has created a women’s basketball tournament that is taking place at the same time as Women’s Day. This initiative has contributed to the training of women coaches and referees. Nadouvi Lawson organized the selections for the African Women’s Basketball Championship, and encouraged and supported women to run for executive positions in the sports federations. Thanks to her efforts and her strong commitment, a woman is now reporting on basketball on the radio and in a TV program called the “40 minutes au féminin”.
2012 : Peninnah Aligawesa Kabenge (Uganda)
Ms. Kabenge has inspired and motivated both male and female leaders in her country. In 1988, she became the first female employee in Makerere University’s Department of Sports and Recreation through her efforts to encourage female students to participate in sports activities. She later became head of the department and general secretary of the African University Sports Federation. She has always championed equal opportunities for girls in sport, which is culturally not the case in most parts of Uganda. She also uses her role as Secretary General to ensure that women and girls benefit from the various training opportunities available.
2013 : Dr Djènè Saran Camara (Guinea)
Through her work with the NOC of Guinea, Dr. Camara has dedicated her career to the integration of women into the sport of her country. She visited all sports clubs, schools and universities across the country for seminars and awareness-raising workshops on gender equality and spoke out for the inclusion of girls and women in sport and decision-making structures in policy and administration. As Acting President of the Republic, Minister of Industry, Trade, Small and Medium Enterprises, Member of the National Assembly, Member of the Executive Committee of the NOC and Member of the ANOCA Medical Commission, Dr. Camara is a role model for girls and women on the continent.
2014 : Aya Mahmoud Medany (Egypt)
Three-time Olympian in modern pentathlon, Aya Mahmoud Medany competed at the Olympic Games for the first time at age 15 and won numerous medals at the World Championships. Apart from the competition, she helped introduce the school biathlon in Egypt and helped the modern Egyptian pentathlon raise funds for equipment to promote the participation of women and girls in sport. She has also participated in numerous charity events and tournaments in various sports to encourage greater sport participation by women and girls. Model and mentor of many women and girls in her country, Aya Medany took advantage of her celebrity to express herself in the media and defend the physical and sports activity of women and girls to the high government administration.
World trophy: Meriem Cherni Mizouni (Tunisia)
Meriem Mizouni has dedicated her life to the development of women’s sport. She was a talented swimmer from childhood and was the first woman to be part of a Tunisian Olympic delegation at the 1976 Games in Montreal, and her national and international record has made her an idol in her country. After her swimming career, Meriem Mizouni trained young swimmers and traveled the country to educate girls about sport and swimming in particular. Named Secretary of State for Sport and President of the Tunisian NOC Women and Sport Commission, she organized events such as the “Women’s Sports Night” which attracted thousands of women and girls to all governorates of the country. The Women and Sport Commission has continued to work with female leaders and other former female athletes to strengthen their position on the NOC Council. Today, four women are part of it. And thanks to the action of Meriem Mizouni also, since 2012, Tunisian national sports federations are required to employ technical advisers responsible for the development of women’s sport. At the State Secretary for Sport, Meriem Mizouni made major decisions to strengthen the presence of women in administrative and decision-making structures.
2015 : Mervat Hassan (Egypt)
With around 40 years of experience in fencing, the Egyptian Mervat Hassan has greatly contributed to the development and dissemination of sport in her country and especially with girls. After completing her career as a fencer, Ms. Hassan became a fencing administrator, before finally reaching the highest level not only in her country but also in the Arab and African Fencing Federations. The positions she held made her one of the first women to hold positions in sports organizations in the region. In the 1990s, the Minister of Youth and Sports appointed Ms Hassan as a member of the High Committee for the Activation of Women’s Sport in Egypt. As such, she traveled the country and gave lectures to raise awareness of the importance of sport for women and girls. Ms. Hassan has also held several high positions in the media. As a reporter for the sports programs of the Egyptian Union of Radio and Television and Satellite Television, she has always emphasized the importance of sport for women and their role in society. She used her position to focus on women’s issues, making sure the Egyptian media covered the women’s sports championships. She has written extensively on the importance of gender equality in sport. Her weekly column, Words X Sports, is one of the oldest female sports columns of Egyptian sports media.
2016 : Felicite Rwemarika (Rwanda)
Founder of the Women in Sports organization of Kigali, Ms. Rwemarika also worked on the creation of a National Council of Women in Sport in Rwanda. Founder and Executive Director of the Women in Sport Organization of Kigali (AKWOS), Felicite Rwemarika dedicates her life to helping women and girls in different sectors, including sports. In war-ravaged Rwanda, Rwemarika quickly identified football as an instrument of social integration of orphans and women victims of atrocities. And she also decided to broadcast the sport in all the provinces. After founding AKWOS, she used football to promote reconciliation and to deal with trauma caused by sexual violence. She has also used the structure of teams and tournaments to teach women health issues, economic empowerment and the promotion of women’s rights. And she encouraged them to run for leadership positions. Ms. Rwemarika brought football to rural communities, organized teams in agricultural cooperatives to encourage women to work in agribusiness, and created systems through which they were able to lift their communities out of poverty. She has also developed a strategy to give girls the chance to play sports at school. This, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, has resulted in an incentive program that has allowed schoolgirls involved in sport to receive a scholarship to support their education. Ms. Rwemarika’s other accomplishments include the establishment of the National Council of Women in Sport as part of the National Sports Council; the formation of a national women’s football team from Rwanda; a training program for women referees and coaches, five of whom have been certified by the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) to officiate at international matches around the world; and obtaining UNICEF scholarships to train teachers and captains to teach girls throughout the country.
World Trophy : M. Dagim Zinabu Tekle (Ethiopia)
Ethiopian sports journalist launches radio program dedicated to encouraging women and girls to be more active in sports. As a sports journalist in Ethiopia, Dagim Zinabu Tekle is convinced that sports media are an essential instrument in his country and at the international level. He focuses on women’s sport participation to empower women. As owner and manager of DZ Advertising PLC, Tekle has launched a women’s and sports radio program that seeks to inspire women and girls to pursue their dreams and goals. Broadcast three times a week, the Lisan women’s sports radio show invites women and girls to be more active in the sport and proves to them that, like men, they too can get into sport. Mr. Tekle believes that it is absolutely essential to show that sport can help prevent the abuse of women, by raising awareness of harmful traditional practices, while presenting to and promoting women, those who have experienced success through their participation in the sport. In five years, the show has invited 12,580 people including sports leaders, coaches, professionals and sportswomen engaged in international and local women’s sports activities. This has allowed for a significant public awareness of the prowess and other successes of these women. The show also encouraged various clubs and federations to open their doors to women to practice sport, and created opportunities for change in the field of sport. Committed to removing barriers and issues related to health through sport, this radio show also invited 8,250 sports medicine professionals and spent many hours on medical issues related to sport. In addition, DZ Advertising PLC has created the annual Lisan Women and Sport Trophy and Lisan Magazine. The aim of the award is to bring other women to the sport, with a view to increasing their number in sports governing bodies, and the magazine is a medium where they can exchange and share their experiences. Mr. Tekle’s company also organizes an annual event with sportswomen to raise funds and collect clothing for children and women.
2017 : Lidé Anne Ouoba Zoma (Burkina Faso)
A pioneer of women’s athletics in Burkina Faso, she has also worked to remove the barriers that prevent girls from playing sports. Ms. Lidé Anne Ouoba Zoma, is one of the first female runners in Burkina Faso to have represented her country in many international championships. She devoted her active life to athletics in Burkina Faso as an athlete, leader, coach and promoter. One of its main objectives has been to help remove the barriers that prevent girls from playing sports. That’s why she created the association Béogbiiga (Child of tomorrow) which helps children, and especially girls, by competitions and sports scholarships. One of the first women to sit on the Executive Board of the Athletics League of the Center, Ouoba took advantage of this position to strengthen the position of women in the governing structures of her federation. In addition, she played an instrumental role in the creation of the Women and Sport Commission of the Burkina Athletics Federation in the 1990s, which was an example to follow for the other national federations of that country. As part of her work at the commission, Ms. Ouoba helped set up an administrative training program for women. And she has ensured that local television, radio and print media provide better coverage of women’s sport, which has greatly increased awareness of gender equality. Ms. Ouoba also played a key role in creating athletic schools for boys and girls in Burkina Faso, and coached many girls into the sport, encouraging them to take on coaching duties.
NB: The signed biographies of “Women and Sport” Trophies have been written during the various years of awards. *
External link: Le CIO et les femmes dans le sport