London Olympics: What’s in it for Women?

Tuesday 5 July 2011 - 13:30
Arts Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Mile End Campus, London E1 4NS

This free half-day seminar will explore how much and in what ways gender has been taken into account in planning 2012.

  • Has the Olympic site been designed to address gender issues relating to ergonomics, safety, transport and accessibility?
  • Have the competition facilities been designed to raise the profile of women's sports?
  • Have the Olympic boroughs used the 2012 opportunity to increase the provision of women-friendly sporting venues?
  • Will the Olympic legacy result in more women participating in exercise and sport?
  • What are the wider implications for urban design of policies aimed at increasing women's participation in and access to sports?

Join us for an afternoon of presentations and discussions with speakers:

  • Rimla Akhtar, Chair, Muslim Women's Sport Foundation
  • Alison Nimmo CBE, Director of Design and Regeneration, Olympic Delivery Authority
  • Tim Woodhouse, Head of Policy and External Affairs, Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation
  • Jayne Caudwell, Senior Lecturer, Chelsea School, University of Brighton
  • Discussant: Louise Mansfield, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure, Canterbury Christ Church University

The event will be chaired by Alison Blunt, Professor of Geography and Chair of the London Women and Planning Forum.

Time: Registration from 1.30pm, welcome at 1.45pm and reception at 5.30pm

The London Women and Planning Forum is an information network for planning officers, architects, academics, students and community and voluntary organisations involved with urban environment and gender equality issues.

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