IFMA’s Gender Equality Policies Bear Fruit

Muaythai is a cultural art form and a sport for everybody. IFMA has long fostered and respected the fundamentals and principles of Olympism. In particular, by recognising that the practise of sport is a human right and that every individual must have the possibility to so sport without discrimination of any kind regardless of race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, language, religion, political affiliation, national, birth or other status.

Since 2008 IFMA has followed a strict policy especially in the area of female development, to promote muaythai in Islamic countries, putting in place firm rules and regulations, especially for the use of the sports hijab for athletes, educating female officials from Islamic countries and working closely together with organisations.

IFMA works in close cooperation with UNWomen, UNESCO, Peace & Sport, and today, IFMA sees many Islamic countries such as Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Morocco, Iraq, Turkmenistan and Turkey not only sending female athletes but also officials to the IFMA events.

At last year’s IFMA Youth Awards gala event in Bangkok, UNWomen representative Melissa Alvarado presented a special award to the Afghan team for their initiatives towards gender equality while across the world in Rabaat, His Majesty King Mohammed the 7th of Morocco honoured Moroccan athlete Maryam El Moubarik with the National Honour of Merit following her gold medal win at the 2016 IFMA World Championships.

The Islamic Republic of Iran not only sent a full female team but also female officials into the IFMA arena.

Turkey has developed female muaythai to one of the top contenders in the world. All of this is the result of IFMA’s policy of One World – One Muaythai, standing together as One Family.

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