Twenty three sport federations from around the world committed to promote gender equality and train coaches and athletes to prevent violence against women and girls.

A joint pledge was signed by the sports groups’ representatives and presented to UN Women during the Muaythai Royal World Cup 2015 held in Bangkok in August. The signing ceremony was witnessed by over 400 delegates and sports representatives from around the world.

The event was attended by UN Women Asia Pacific deputy regional director, Anna-Karin Jatfors, Stephan Fox, president of the Alliance of Independent Recognised Members of Sport (AIMS), Julie Gabriel, AIMS Executive Board member in charge of social responsibility, and Sue Latta, vice president of the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA), who heads the Female Empowerment through Muaythai (FEM) initiative.

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During the World Cup and AIMS Conference, twenty-six international Muaythai coaches participated in a consultation to develop a new training package for the prevention of violence against women in sports settings. The session was organised by UN Women Asia Pacific in partnership with IFMA. The package is expected to be finalised and launched by 2016.