Ask Olympic sponsors to take a stand on discrimination against women sign now

In a letter sent last week, Vancouver COPE city councilors David Cadman and Ellen Woodsworth, called on Olympic sponsors to pressure the IOC to allow women ski jumpers to compete in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

The letter reads, While the court recognized that women are being discriminated against, it ruled that the responsibility for eliminating that discrimination lies with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It is the COPE councillors hope that while the courts might not be able to enforce the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms corporate sponsors might be able to leaverage their power to pressure the IOC.

Last week, the letter was sent to worldwide Olympic sponsors (which include Coca Cola and Visa) and national Olympic sponsors (which include The Hudsons Bay Company and Petro Canada). The letter is also being sent to Olympic supporters and suppliers (which include media sponsors and Air Canada) this week.

The entire letter is copied below. As of today, November 25, none of the CEO's have responded.

The signatories have signed on below to tell Olympic sponsors to act responsibly or they'll act -- with their voice and with their consumer dollars!

www.cope.bc.ca

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Information: Rachel Marcuse, [email protected]


Dear Olympic sponsors,

As you are likely aware, 14 elite international female ski jumpers have gone to court in British Columbia requesting that female ski jumpers be allowed to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Justice Fenlon, who made the British Columbia Supreme Court ruling, acknowledged that prohibiting female jumpers is a violation of Canadian law, specifically Sections 32 and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. While the court recognized that women are being discriminated against, it ruled that the responsibility for eliminating that discrimination lies with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Vanoc and the City of Vancouver have both endorsed female ski jumpers' call for equal participation in the 2010 Olympics. Vanoc has also stated that if instructed to include the women's participation in the upcoming Olympics, it would do so.

We ask you to approach the IOC to request that women be allowed to participate as equals in all Olympic events. As a corporate sponsor committed to excellence, you may be interested to know that the current jump record for the small hill at the Whistler Olympic facility is held by a woman.We request that you act quickly to help redress this discrimination, which contravenes United Nations policies, Canadian law and City of Vancouver practices by discriminating against women -- who make up over 50 per cent of your consumer base.

We urge you to communicate forthrightly with the IOC and make clear that you cannot support discrimination against women under your corporate sponsorship.

Sincerely,

David Cadman and Ellen Woodsworth

Vancouver city councillors

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