IN CELIA'S WORDS

When we first established WomenSport International, which is the organisation I have been most involved in, there was a sense of great excitement and focus and I think some key individuals… have done fantastic work since then. But my sense is that we are swimming a little bit against the tide at the moment because the younger generation of women are not as necessarily in tune with what I would call feminist objectives – it’s a little unfashionable to use the word feminism these days – not for me it isn’t, but it seems more generally. And interestingly we were discussing over breakfast today whether that’s because younger women have become seduced by capitalism and consumerism. I’m not sure it’s a thought-through position which is in any conscious sense post-structural or even post-modern but I think that a lot of women think there isn’t an issue. They are not aware of discrimination in the way that we were therefore they don’t see the need to do anything about it, let alone fight for a cause. I think it is very difficult for women leaders at this particular juncture to draw in the younger generation. Those of us who set up the organisation are all getting to retirement and post-retirement stage and the question is, who is going to come along behind us and sustain the struggle?

— extracts from an interview conducted by Dr Jordan Matthews on 14th September 2011

WomenSport International logo The WSI logo signals that it is a global feminist organization, for women who are tearing down barriers by running out of the establishment.
 
WSI Leaflet on Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Sport (1996)
These leaflets were distributed internationally at conferences and meetings, and were among the first written statements on this topic. They have influenced many institutions and organizations.
 
Task Force 98-99 Annual Report
Annual Report to WSI from the Task Force on Sexual Harrassment in Sport, June 1999, written by Celia as its Convenor. This demonstrates how the Task Force went about its work, as well as the issues it focused on and the range of people involved from different countries.
 
 
WSI Task Force on Sexual Harassment in Sport (2002)
Annual report written by Celia, as its Convenor. Published in WSI’s newsletter “The Starting Line”, this report shows how the work was developing internationally and through different academic and sporting fora.
 
 

AN APPRECIATION BY...

Professor Kari Fasting, Emeritus Professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

Some of the key objectives of WSI that Celia contributed to were that WSI should "identify and promote issues of importance for women and sport", "serve as an international advocacy group", and produce and/or disseminate educational materials and other information to enhance the experience of women and girls in sport and physical activity." Through Celia's work for WSI she contributed strongly to these objectives.

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