The Montenegrin Olympic Committee, with the support of Olympic Solidarity and the European Olympic Committees, has organised the second international “Women in sport” conference in Podgorica.
The conference was organized within two panels on the following topics:
- Leadership: Empowering and supporting women in sport to lead
- Safe sport and inclusion: Making sporting environments inclusive and safe for all women and girls.
The speakers at the panels were the women who have left an indelible mark in the sporting world on a global scale and women who are holding the governing positions in the international sports organizations, as well as the experts from the International Olympic Committee. The panellists were: Ms. Yael Arad (NOC Israel President), Ms. Marija Desivojevic Cvetkovic (NOC Serbia VP), Ms. Bojana Popovic (NOC Montenegro VP), Ms. Tine Vertommen (External IOC Safe sport unit expert) and Ms. Katarina Bulatovic (NOC Montenegro Sports Director).
At the beginning of the conference, the attendees were addressed by Dušan Simonović, President of the Montenegrin Olympic Committee and Vasilije Lalošević, Minister of Sports and Youth in the Government of Montenegro.
“Despite the progress made in recent decades, there is still much work to be done. Female athletes still receive significantly less money and media attention than their male counterparts, and this must be addressed if we want sports to become truly equal. We cannot continue to accept the status quo; it is up to us to ensure that all female athletes receive the respect and recognition they deserve. It is essential that women’s sports continue to be visible, supported, financed, and celebrated,” said the president of the MOC, Dušan Simonović, at the conference opening.
The message from the conference “Women in Sport” is that there is still a lot of work ahead of us to achieve complete equality in sport.