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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It gives us tremendous pleasure to invite you to the first IAPESGW Regional Symposium: International Gender Issues and Sport which will be held in the capital city of Turkey, Ankara from September 4 and 5, 2014. In this era of globalization, women are facing many new challenges in the field of sport and physical education which transcend distance and cultures. In this context we wish to elaborate on the many debates informing the scientific, cultural, economic, historical, and political foundations and challenges of gender and sport/women in sport internationally.

The IAPESGW Regional Symposium brings together decision-makers, researchers, coaches and athletes with the aims to: advance the international dialogue around women and sport; improve the dialogue around women and sport internationally with a special focus on the Middle East and Europe; and reinforce the collaboration between researchers and practitioners in women and sport in Middle East and Europe.

This symposium brings together a range of topics involved in women and sport including; gender policies and sport participation; religion, ethnicity, diversity and sport; leadership and sport; gender equity in physical education; health and physical activity; and safety and inclusion for girls and women in sport.
We ask for your support and enthusiastic participation to help make this Regional Symposium a great success.

We are waiting for you in Ankara, Turkey for the IAPESGW Regional Symposium.

Rosa Lopez de D'Amico
IAPESGW President
Canan Koca
Symposium President
Hacettepe Üniversitesi Spor Bilimleri Fakültesi
06800 Beytepe Ankara