challenges female sambists worldwide

"Share Your Story"

The new FIAS gender equality campaign
World sambo champion from Venezuela Maria Guedez won her main title in 2015 in Casablanca, Morocco. Today she is getting ready to participate in the World Sambo Championships 2016 , which will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria. Maria says, that it will be very hard to keep her title, but she is working hsrd to make it happen. Day after day, she trains physically, tactically, mentally and spiritually.
Maria continues the FIAS new campaign to promote gender equality: Share your Story. Aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goal number 5, which stands for achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls, FIAS wants to encourage all athletes around the world to speak up and share the main challenges they face in the practice of SAMBO.

"We want to identify the biggest problems surrounding the female athletes and then try to solve them, however we can't help anyone if we do not have a clear image and vision of the problems we are dealing with", explained Ivana Jandrich, leader of the campaign.
We can't help anyone if we do not have a clear image and vision of the problems we are dealing with.
The campaign is very simple: the female sambists will post a video on their social media showing their SAMBO routine and exposing their thoughts and challenges on the sport and use #SAMBOYourStory in the description.

The second step is to invite and call up another sambist to join the wave and share their video.

Maria continues the campaign today on FIAS Facebook page. You can watch the video here!
Every big change starts with small gestures and hearing female athletes' voices to help them overcome their sporting challenges is an important step towards achieving equal opportunities.

As the United Nations observed "Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful world". Therefore, FIAS encourages all athletes to put their kurtkas on and raise their voice!
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