Annual Lecture to be given by University of Toronto Vice-Principal

Professor Bruce Kidd is to give the Murray House School of Education Annual Lecture.

The lecture, entitled 'Fresh Winds for Equity in Sport', will take place on Tuesday 5 June at 17:00 in Lecture Theatre LG34, Paterson's Land. A drinks reception will follow. Booking is essential at: https://goo.gl/1eUhDi

Despite the resurgence of conservative values, misogyny, racism and xenophobia in many parts of the world, there is new appetite and energy for equity in the sphere of international sport. At the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Korea, the International Olympic Committee announced an ambitious new plan to realize gender equality in participation, leadership and the media presentation of events. The recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia staged an equal number of medal events for women and men, a first for any major multi-sport games, and encouraged other equity initiatives. There are similar efforts underway to combat homophobia and gender-based violence in sports organizations and countries.

In his Moray House School of Education Annual Lecture, Professor Kidd will outline and analyse these recent developments. In particular, he will discuss the renewed struggle by women from the Global South and their allies to abolish the international sex test (which now targets the renowned South African middle-distance runner Caster Semanya), and how these undertakings at the international level affect everyday sports.