IN BRIEF: United Nations Throws Weight Behind Caster Semenya

THE United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) yesterday, adopted a resolution tabled by South Africa to defend Caster Semenya’s right to participate in sport as a woman. This follows  her legal battle against the IAAF last month which will determine her career.

The international governing body of athletics wants her to take medication in order to artificially lower her testosterone levels or compete against men, in what it says is “levelling the playing field”. The ruling would apply only to women who race in the track events between 400m and 1500m.

“The international community has a duty to protect and defend the rights of Caster Semenya and other female athletes like her across the world, based on the premise that their human rights are being violated. The international campaign to preserve Caster’s right to participate in global sports, is a struggle for all women in the world against discrimination, sexism, and patriarchy”, said Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu.

The resolution was co-sponsored by Eswatini, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Burundi, India, Iceland and Canada.


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