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Women’s Rights and Sports: A Conversation with Katayoun Khosrowyar and Professor Karima Bennoune

King Hall, Room 1001
12 - 1:00 p.m.

Sport plays an important role in educating people on the values of respect, dignity, diversity, equality, tolerance and fairness, and as a means to combat all forms of discrimination and to promote social inclusion for all. Yet, discrimination against women persists in the athletic arena, even as attitudes around gender-based stereotypes continue to evolve.

Around the globe, women’s rights activists have promoted women’s engagement in participating in and in attending sports competitions. Groundbreaking athlete and coach Katayoun Khosrowyar has been at the forefront of these efforts, having played on the Iranian national women’s soccer team and then becoming the first woman representing Iran to receive the FIFA/AFC ‘A’ license for coaching soccer. Ms. Khosrowyar was the head coach of the U19 Iran National Women's Football Team and is currently an academy head coach for Reign FC, the first Iranian female coach in the National Women’s League. Ms. Khosrowyar has been profiled by the media, including "60 Minutes", regarding her efforts to empower young girls and women in sports and in 2018 received the WSU Coach Award, a global recognition for her outstanding work for Iranian women's soccer.

In conversation with Professor Karima Bennoune, the Homer G. Angelo and Ann Berryhill Endowed Chair and the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights, Ms. Khosrowyar will discuss her mission to champion women’s rights to play sports and to access sports, and to help bridge the gap between her two cultures, American and Iranian.

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