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SPORTSDIP Series: Women and Sports - Overcoming Adversity

Date: 19 October 2021 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Venue: Online

The Embassy of the Czech Republic in partnership with the Czech Olympic Committee presents Women and Sports: Overcoming Adversity, the fifth webinar in the six-part series SPORTSDIP, online October 19, 2021, at 10 am EDT/4 pm CET.

What are the biggest challenges for women in sports? How do you implement best practices to tackle those issues? Join us to learn more and participate in the Q&A!


Majken Gilmartin (DEN), CEO of EIR Soccer and Co-Founder of the Global Goals World Cup (GGWCUP)

Ilona Burgrová (CZE), Athlete and Member of the Committee for Equality of the Czech Olympic Committee

Sarah Hillyer (USA), Director of the Center for Sport, Peace and Society at the University of Tennessee

Moderated by:

Adéla Kalibová (CZE), Producer for Czech Radio

Free | RSVP required to: https://sportsdipv.eventbrite.com


Majken Gilmartin is the CEO of EIR Soccer and co-founder of the Global Goals World Cup (GGWCUP) after the Global Goals launched in 2015. Gilmartin oversees the local and global GGWCUP productions, growth of network, and fundraising. In 2016, Majken won the IOC Women and Sport Award Europe recognizing her as a role model and change agent in the pursuit of gender equality in sports. In 2019, she received the first national SDG award in Denmark: Verdensmålsprisen (The Global Goals Award) given by the Danish Government. That same year, she also received the Czech Republic SDG Award, given by the Association of Social Responsibility and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is a film producer, event producer, footballer and certified football coach, organizer of +100 multiple sports event, inventor of EIR / Global Goals ball and founder of the women’s refuge league Asylum United.

Ilona Burgrová is a former international basketball player who was part of the successful teams that won the World Championship in 2010, finished in 7th place at the London Olympics 2012, and won the Euroleague 2015. She received her master’s degree in Health Education, Promotion, and Behavior from the University of South Carolina and continued her education later in life with the course of Sport Diplomacy. She is now member of the Athletes Commission and chair of the Commission of Equal Opportunities in Sport of the Czech Olympic Committee as well as the chair of the Athletes Commission of the Czech anti-doping agency. Her heart still beats for basketball and she coaches youth teams in Prague.

Sarah Hillyer is director of the Center for Sport, Peace and Society at the University of Tennessee, which she launched in 2012. The center was recognized by then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton as the sole cooperative partner of the State Department to create a global initiative designed to empower women, girls, and persons with disabilities through sport. Since 2012, Hillyer and her team have worked alongside more than 1,000 women, men, and youth from 80+ countries. In 2018, ESPN named the center’s partnership initiative with the U.S. Department of State and espnW as the winner of the Stuart Scott Humanitarian Award. As an educator and consultant with more than 30 years of experience, she’s worked with the U.S. Department of State, United States Olympic & Paralympic Committees, Islamic Federation of Women’s Sports, National Hockey League, National Basketball Association, Google, (and more) creating programs that use the unique attributes of sport and physical activity to create innovative social movements and promote peace around the world.

Adéla Kalibová is a sports and radio enthusiast and believes that both bring great emotions to people and can make their lives better. Working as a Volunteer Language Specialist at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City was her first shot at participating in a large sporting event. After graduating with a BA in Political Science and MA in International Relations, she landed a job at Czech Radio. Then, her radio and sports career began to intertwine with an EBU internship in Geneva for its Radio Sports Department (including covering 2014 European Athletics Championships in Zurich as a young reporter), host-broadcaster producer for 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague and Czech Radio producer of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. She currently resides in Washington, DC, with her family and looks forward to going back to her Czech Radio position as the Head of International Relations in 2022.