TEHRAN – On this day, as the world collectively raises its voice for gender equality, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is raising three notable leaders who have done just that to win the recognition awards for the International Day of the woman 2021.
Kate Caithness of the World Curling Federation (builder category), Iranian para-archer Zahra Nemati (Next Generation Leader category) and World Para Powerlifting (National Paralympic Committee / International Federation category) were named this year’s winners, Paralympic.org reported.
The annual recognition, which coincides with International Women’s Day on March 8, primarily celebrates women in the Paralympic Movement who have inspired and emulated Paralympic ideals and are positive role models.
This is the second year that recognition of IPC International Women’s Day has extended to categories since its inception in 2013. The winners were chosen by the IPC Women in Sport Committee, chaired by Rita van Driel.
Iran’s first gold medalist at a Paralympic or Olympic Games used her platform to be an activist for women and people with disabilities in her home country. Since making history at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Nemati has been at the forefront of showing what women with disabilities can accomplish while continuing to collect Paralympic medals and at the World Championships.
Nemati said: “The Next Generation Award is not only a reason to jump for joy, but it also means that I have a huge responsibility to bear on my shoulders. I am now a pioneering woman who is marked by the IPC not only to inspire her peers and the contemporary generation, but also to think, speak and act as a role model for the next generation of women who will make this planet a better place. or live. on an equal footing and more inclusive than ever.
Nemati has also participated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and, in May 2018, she was appointed as the first Ambassador of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the president of the Regional Action Center for Understanding Global (GU) in Iran.