Webinar Invitation: The Implications of World Athletics’ Regulations on Female Athletes with Differences of Sexual Development

(Ottawa, Ontario – February 4, 2020) – On February 28, 2020, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) will host a webinar to discuss the impacts of World Athletics’ (formerly IAAF) regulations on female athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) on women in athletics. The webinar will also address the wider implications for women athletes in all sports.

The expert panel will include 2SLGBTQI+ educator Jennifer Birch-Jones, Australian Olympian and educator Dr. Madeleine Pape, South Africa Sports and Exercise Medicine physician Dr. Phathokuhle Zondi and AthletesCAN President Dasha Peregoudova.

  • Date: February 28, 2020
  • Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m. EST
  • Register now.

About the Panelists

Jennifer Birch-Jones (cisgender) is the LGBTQI2S+ Inclusion in Sport Program Lead for the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS). Jennifer is the author of CAAWS Leading the Way: Working with LGBTQ+ Athletes and Coaches, the co-author of the CCES’s Guidance on Trans Inclusion in Sport, and a founding member of the LGBTQI2S+ Sport Inclusion Task Force. Jennifer has delivered workshops, webinars and presentations on LGBTQI2S+ inclusion in sport throughout Canada. 

Madeleine Pape obtained her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow affiliated with the Department of Sociology and Science and Human Culture Program at Northwestern University. Her research examines the scientific and human rights dimensions of debates surrounding the regulation of female athlete eligibility, as well as the ongoing project of gender equality in Olympic sports. Pape competed for Australia in track and field at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. She is a former national and World University Games champion in the women's 800m. Pape also competed against South African athlete Caster Semenya at the 2009 World Championships.

Dr. Phathokuhle Zondi is a Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) Physician experienced in clinical sports medicine, business management and leadership. She is the Chief Executive Officer of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa and Past President of the South African Sports Medicine Association. In February 2019, Dr. Zondi led the medical expert team providing input for Athletics South Africa’s case against World Athletics, challenging their proposed Eligibility Regulation for Female Classification, which was heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Dasha Peregoudova is a labour and employment lawyer and litigator at Aird & Berlis in Toronto, Ontario. She is a former national team Taekwondo athlete and two-time Pan Am Champion, and the President of AthletesCAN - the association of national team athletes in Canada. She recently served as the Ombudsperson for Team Canada at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru and looks forward to doing so again at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

About the CCES

The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization with a responsibility to administer the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. We recognize that true sport can make a great difference for individuals, communities and our country. The CCES acknowledges funding, in part, from the Government of Canada. We are committed to making sport better by working collaboratively to activate a values-based and principle-driven sport system; protecting the integrity of sport from the negative forces of doping and other unethical threats; and advocating for sport that is fair, safe and open to everyone.

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