On 25 July 2012 as the International Olympics Committee (IOC) meet in London before the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Games, we shall be reminding the IOC of its obligation to apply the principles of equality and neutrality inscribed in its own Olympic Charter. Currently the Olympic Games reflect a whole gamut of inequality between men and women – from the segregation of the sexes enforced by specific States to women being banned from taking part in sports if they refuse to wear clothing that covers their entire bodies while competing. It all amounts to the blatant discrimination of women athletes. The group’s concerns also include the banning of female athletes in contravention of principles of equality and the inclusion of veiled women and sex segregation and apartheid in contravention to neutrality principles.
The protest begins at 10.30am with a public meeting on board the ship Hispaniolia, on the Thames (Underground Station: Embankment), with speakers, videos and musical interludes. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
This is followed by a festive burial of the Olympics Charter, accompanied by a New Orleans style jazz band, marking the death of the Olympics values at 2.00pm. Bring flowers with you if you can.
The day will end with the delivery of a protest letter to each member of the IOC outlining the seven demands made by ‘London 2012: Justice For Women’.
A. London 2012: Justice for Women 7 Demands
Three demands against classical gender discrimination:
1. Parity: within Olympic disciplines and events
2. Decision-making bodies: at least 20% of women
3. Homage and visibility: the IOC President should give the Gold medal both to the male and the female marathon winners
Three demands against sexual segregation:
4. No more male only delegations
5. No more delegations wearing politico-religious symbols
6. IOC should no longer support international segregation Games for women organized by Tehran
A more global demand to “build a better world”
7. Fight against: stereotypes (sexism, homophobia, transphobia), segregation Olympics/ Paralympics, prostitution around the Olympics
B. For more information, contact:
The Ligue du Droit International des Femmes
The French Coordination for the European Women’s Lobby
LDIF/ 6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, Paris 75006, France
Tel: +33 (0)6 38 39 42 92
One Law for All
BM Box 2387
London WC1N 3XX, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 7719166731