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Women in the Game: Sport as Exercising Citizenship and Political Rights

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Auditorium A2 | Maison de la paix, Geneva

The roundtable aims to explore how sporting activities can be a real experience of citizenship for young girls and women.

Does an engagement in a sports team provide increased visibility in the public space? What possibilities does it open up to be a member of a collective? Does the practice of a so-called "masculine" sport help renegotiate social norms? Do women's sporting performances improve their status in society?

This discussion will examine the ways in which the practice of a sport promotes the empowerment of girls and women as well as their participation in social life as full citizens.



  • Solène Froidevaux, Researcher, University of Lausanne
  • Françoise Grange Omokaro, Lecturer in Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Tanya Kini, Master student in International Affairs, Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Héloïse Roman, Project Manager on Equality Issues at Service Agenda 21-Ville durable, City of Geneva



  • Laure Gabus, freelance journalist.


This event is organised in partnership with Service Agenda 21-Ville durable of the City of Geneva within the 2020 Equality Week.

Ville de Genève

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