Iberdrola launches its 2nd SuperA Awards to continue to promote gender equality through sport
Iberdrola is inviting entries for the 2nd Iberdrola SuperA Awards, which will recognise the best initiatives supporting gender equality and the empowerment of women through sport.
Prizes will be awarded for projects in six categories - with Sustainability included for the first time this year - each financed to the tune of €50,000. The initiatives are related to the promotion of entry-level sport for young girls up to the age of 16 (SuperA Base); support for helping women to enter into competitions (SuperA Competición); the inclusion of women with special abilities into sport (SuperA Inclusión); the integration of women into society through sport (SuperA Social); increased visibility for women's sport (SuperA Difusión); and sustainable development and care for the environment within the field of sport (SuperA Sostenibilidad).
"The Iberdrola SuperA awards are a great platform for the continued promotion of gender equality and the achievement of a fairer and more prosperous society. At Iberdrola we have been pushing our commitment to equality both inside and outside the company for many years, and the excellent results from the first edition of these awards show that there are many interesting initiatives in the field of women's sport, and this has encouraged us to go on supporting them" says Iberdrola chairman Ignacio Galán.
Entries for the awards may be submitted until 30 April from registered sportswomen, as well as sporting associations and clubs, national and regional federations, schools, colleges and other public and private entities, legally based in Spain. In October a jury panel comprising well-known personalities from the sporting world will choose the winning projects.
MORE THAN 400 ENTRIES IN 2020
Over 400 applications were received in 2020 from associations, sporting clubs and federations, schools, colleges, and public and private institutions that manage projects in line with the objectives of the awards. From these, the winning projects were the MAAVI Foundation Club de Fútbol (Andalusia), Fomento Igualdad de Género (Castilla y León), Mujer, vida y deporte (Zaragoza), Mucho por hacer (Castilla-La Mancha), FUTFEM.COM and Juntas Venceremos
The Iberdrola SuperA Awards are aligned with the UN 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically number 5 (Gender equality and the empowerment of women).
IBERDROLA, A PIONEER IN PROMOTING WOMEN'S SPORT
Promoting women's sport has become a key ambition for Iberdrola, and the promotion of true equality between men and women one of its essential values. In 2016, Iberdrola became the first company to make a firm and global commitment to women's equality and empowerment through sport. Iberdrola currently supports 16 federations: gymnastics, triathlon, rugby, canoeing, badminton, football, handball, volleyball, hockey, table tennis, athletics, karate, boxing, surfing, ice sports and fencing. Iberdrola also lends its name to 22 national top-tier sports leagues, and 35 other competitions.
At the same time, the provision of resources, facilities, medical services and referees, as well as support and sponsorship for different initiatives in this field from Iberdrola has not only helped to increase the number of federated sportswomen in these disciplines by 39% (reaching over 300, 000), but is also allowing Spanish elite sportswomen who have built their sporting career in other countries to start competing again in Spain, leading to an improvement in the standard and visibility of national competitions.
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