Chinese Taipei signed on to “Brighton plus Helsinki 2014 Declaration on Women and Sport” on November 23, 2020, in Taipei. The signing ceremony was co-hosted by the Director-General of Sports Administration, Ministry of Education, Dr. Shao-Hsi Chang, and the President of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, Mr. Hong-Dow Lin. IWG Global Executive – Asia Representative, Dr. Etsuko OGASAWARA, and IMGA CEO, Mr. Jens V. Holm joined the signing ceremony via video conference, and the IWG Co-Chair, Ms. Raewyn LOVETT sent congratulatory remarks by a short video message, in wishing Chinese Taipei the coming success on working with all member associations to pursue a more equal sports environment.

In 1994, the IWG (International Working Group) on Women and Sport put forward the “Brighton Declaration”, which provided the principles and guide on the actions to increase the involvement of women in sport and physical activity. Over the past 20 years, it has had a substantial impact on the sport policies of various countries. Women-related sport organizations around the world have successfully developed. The “Brighton plus Helsinki 2014 Declaration on Women and Sport” signed on by the Sports Administration, Ministry of Education and the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee today, was developed by the IWG representatives of member states on the 20th anniversary of the “Brighton Declaration”, which was also the occasion of the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport. With the spirit of “Lead the Change, Be the Change”, representatives of member states developed a more complete declaration, extending the goal of equality in sport and physical activity from women to society, school and youth.

IWG Co-Chair, Ms. Raewyn LOVETT, mentioned in her speech that since Chinese Taipei signed the Brighton Declaration, there has been an exciting development in the field of women and sport in Taiwan. She is very pleased to see that Chinese Taipei engaged further on signing the “Brighton plus Helsinki 2014 Declaration on Women and Sport” today, as it is a blueprint with a higher vision. She looks forward to working together with Chinese Taipei towards a comprehensive and equal international sports environment in the future and believes that the cooperation will be enhanced through experience sharing, policy formulation, and academic research.

Director General of Sports Administration, Ministry of Education, Mr. Shao-Hsi Chang commented, “Chinese-Taipei has long supported the IWG on Women and Sport’s efforts in the pursuit of equality in sports affaires. By signing this declaration, we look forward to further cooperation. In the meantime, we are showing our determination to participate in and contribute to the international sports affairs.”

President Hong-Dow Lin said, “Chinese-Taipei have worked closely with the Sports Administration of MOE for many years to actively promote the rights and interests of women participating in sports. In 2011, we held the 1st International Conference on Women and Sport, in which international experts and scholars have been invited. Until today, this conference has become an important platform on the topic of women’s participation in sports and physical activity. By officially signing the “2014 Brighton and Helsinki Declaration on Women and Sports” we further demonstrate our determination in jointly creating a more equal sports environment with IWG.”

The signing ceremony was attended by many important sports organizations in Taiwan. The witnesses for the Signing Ceremony are Ms. Fong-Chi CHU, Chairwoman of the CTOC Women and Sport Commission, and Ms. Jacqueline Yi-Ting SHEN, member of OCA Women and Sport Committee. In addition, Ms. Mei-Yen Chen, professor of Taiwan Normal University who has executed the “Promoting Women in Sports” project, and Ms. Po-Chun Liu, the first woman referee certificated by the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association, and the recipient of the 2019 IOC Women and Sport Awards were invited to share their experience in promoting women’s participation in sports, as well as the expectations toward the future development on equality in sports.

President Hong-Dow LIN gave his opening remarks for the signing ceremony.
Group photo of all the signatories presenting their agreements.
Group photo of all the signatories with the witnesses for the signing ceremony.
Group photo of all the participants in the signing ceremony.

A total of 28 sports organizations joined this signing, including the following:

1      Sports Administration, Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan)

2      Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee

3      Republic of China Sports Federation

4      Chinese Taipei School Sport Federation

5      Chinese Taipei Paralympic Committee

6      Chinese Taipei Deaf Sports Federation

7      Chinese Taipei Athletics Association

8      Chinese Taipei Baseball Association

9      Chinese Taipei Boxing Association

10    Chinese Taipei Canoe Association

11    Chinese Taipei Canoe Association

12    Chinese Taipei Cheerleading Association

13    Chinese Taipei Fencing Association

14    Chinese Taipei Football Association

15    Chinese Taipei Golf Association

16    Taiwan Ju-Jitsu Federation

17    Chinese Taipei Muaythai Association

18    Chinese Taipei Netball Association

19    Chinese Taipei SepakTakraw Association

20    Chinese Taipei Shooting Association

21    Chinese Taipei Skating Union

22    Chinese Taipei Softball Association

23    Chinese Taipei Sumo Federation

24    Chinese Taipei Swimming Association

25    Chinese Taipei Tennis Federation

26    Taiwan Gay Sports and Movement Association

27    Taiwan Sport Forward Association

28    Taiwan Women’s Sports Association

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