Fondi – The “Fondi European City of Sport 2023” program also pays homage to women on the day dedicated to them. Among the numerous initiatives organized on the occasion of International Women’s Rights Day, an interesting conference promoted by the Municipality of Fondi in collaboration with CONI (Lazio Regional Committee), the Fiamme Gialle sports groups, Panathlon International and the Nadyr anti-violence centre.

The meeting, entitled “Women and Sport, the emancipation of women in the sector of sports associations” will be held on Wednesday 8 March, at 17:00, in the conference room of the Caetani Castle.

After the institutional greetings of the mayor of Fondi Beniamino Maschietto, the MEP Salvatore De Meo, the councilors for Sport and Social Policies Fabrizio Macaro and Sonia Notarberardino and the president of the Equal Opportunities Commission Mariapalma Di Trocchio, the partners of the initiative will take the floor namely Danilo Cassoni, Commander III of the Yellow Flames Athletes Nucleus of the Guardia di Finanza of Sabaudia, Alessia Gasbarroni, CONI Lazio delegate of the Province of Latina, Giorgio Costa, president of Panathlon International – Italy District, Giuseppe Bonifazi, president of the Panathlon Club of Latina and Fernanda Parisella, president of the Nadyr Association.

Special guest of the morning Valentina Rodini, gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Rowing club Fiamme Gialle of Sabaudia. The morning will be closed by speeches by local athletes who have distinguished themselves with extraordinary results in the sports world: in fact, Roberta Parisella will be present, who will talk about her experience at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in the discipline of taekwondo, Fabiola Desiderio, from Asd Olimpia Lazio and Pamela Guercio, currently among the great protagonists of the A1 series of women’s futsal with Vis Fondi Calcio.

“With this conference – commented the mayor of Fondi Beniamino Maschietto and the councilor for Sport Fabrizio Macaro – we intend to pay homage to the woman as an athlete to tell about her strengths and weaknesses, but also to explore themes that often do not appear in the media such as the difficulties in combining competitive spirit with family and conjugal life or with motherhood. Unpredictable slices of life that describe, from a new point of view, the great strength, sensitivity and inexhaustible resources of women.

Not only sport but also art, at the end of the conference the exhibition “Women’s emancipation seen through the Olympic Games” curated by Professor Adriana Balzarini will be inaugurated. The works will remain on display on the first floor of the Castle until 26 March.

It is a traveling exhibition of great prestige that has already been presented in various Italian and foreign cities: a historical-artistic itinerary which, starting from the ancient Olympic Games, reaches up to the present day. All this passing through dark phases such as the one before the second post-war period when physical activity was considered the enemy of femininity, even in the eyes of most western populations. Subjects of the works are women who, with their tenacity and passion, have made sport great in the female sphere.

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