On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the International Judo Federation, through their the Judo for Peace program and the Gender Equity commissions and the support of the One Humanity campaign by UNAOC and UNHCR, the International Judo Federation, organized some specific actions and training camps in Turkey, Syria, Zambia, Malawi and South Africa, with the objective of raising awareness, through action and activity, of women’s rights and issues challenging them.

It was on this occasion that the young judoka offered flowers to their mothers, their grandmothers, their sisters and aunts and thus showed the importance of these women’s roles in their lives.

The training camps were combined with different activities, such as conferences and Zoom talks featuring international athletes and experts on the subject of women in sports.

We are happy to address you with a message of hope and peace, especially on the occasion of International Women’s Day. We all know how important our mothers, sisters, aunts and friends are in our lives. Through sport and especially judo we can create conditions for women to express themselves and to play an even more important role in society. Throughout the world we are celebrating women and we are also particularly happy to see that our refugee camp programmes are part of this celebration. The Judo for Peace and Gender Equity commissions joined forces on this special occasion, to show that together we are stronger and that through judo we can achieve Jigoro Kano’s dream of creating a better society.”, IJF President Maris Vizer highlighted.