The long-standing Secretary General of the Jordan Gymnastics Federation, who served in several positions at national, regional and international levels, led by example to show how women can overcome barriers and be actively involved in the governance of Gymnastics.
In his opening speech at the meeting, Mr Watanabe remembered this passionate woman, also commending all people who fight to make gender equality an indisputable reality.
“Nuha Jamil Hattar contributed to improving the status of women in the Gymnastics community. She was a powerful and energetic woman.
“In the matter of gender equality, times have changed for the better. The movement to improve women’s status is becoming more active around the world. Offensive comments towards women are no longer tolerated.
“When I took office as FIG President, one of my first priorities was to establish the FIG Gender Equality Commission. It led to major changes in the FIG Statutes, to encourage the achievement of gender equality among FIG authorities. We held a forum to encourage those interested in taking on governance roles.
“Ms Hattar always supported those proactive actions. I appreciated her from the bottom of my heart. I will never forget her passion.
“We must continue fighting until the day we can say that gender equality in society has been achieved in the fullest sense.
“Ms Hattar is one of the too-numerous victims of Covid-19. Today, the pandemic seems to be slowing down. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be held from 23 July, as scheduled.
There are still many obstacles and problems but I want all of us to run together as ‘One Team’ to this goal of 23 July.”
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