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Sport is a powerful social tool and can help shape the minds and attitudes of young people towards their relationships in life.
That's according to Michael Fennel, President of the Jamaica Olympic Association and Member of the International Olympic Committee's Women and Sport Commission.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is expected to address the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on its work regarding the promotion of gender equality and social development through sport.
Progress has been "fantastic", says Mr. Fennel but challenges remain.
"It's very important to sports and to the IOC and Olympic movement because we have seen progression over the years in the early days of the Olympic Games participation by women was extremely low, almost non-existent. And at the London Games, just over 44 per cent of the athletes were women. And this didn't happen by chance, it happened because of the initiatives of the IOC in ensuring that women were given equal opportunity."
CSW is an annual gathering of UN Member States to address critical issues related to gender equality and women’s rights.
Meanwhile, the IOC Women and Sport Commission says it will honour six people this year who have made tremendous contributions to gender equality in and through sport.
The Commission presents the award during its annual World Conference on Women and Sports.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.