International Women’s Day – Saluting Judy Kent
“Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.”
– Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
On the auspicious occasion of International Women’s Day, we at Generations For Peace would like to highlight an important woman in our organisation – Ms. Judy Kent.
Judy began her work with GFP in 2008 when she was asked to develop a curriculum for training peace builders, using sport as the vehicle for change. After developing the GFP curriculum – the curriculum that is the basis for Sochi Camp 2014 – Judy became Lead Facilitator. She has been heavily involved in all ten International GFP Camps and her contribution to their success cannot be understated.
Her work outside of Generations For Peace includes running her own international consultancy which focuses on strategic planning and facilitation. Moreover she is a landscape painter, a photographer, a published author, an inspiring mentor and a cherished friend. As if these successes are not enough, Judy is also a legacy within the Commonwealth Games movement. She was the first woman to be named Chef de Mission as well as the first female President within the Commonwealth Games movement.
When asked why she thinks sport is the best way to make change, Judy responded with the following: “I do not think sport is the best way to make change. It is ‘a’ way to make change. It is a good tool for change because it has the power to bring people together. Sport is a universal language, and can be a vehicle to demonstrate similarities rather than differences.”
She went on to say, when asked how has sport contributed to women’s equality, “It has been a long tough road. Sport for decades has been one of the last bastions of male domination in most western countries. At the international level sport is still dominated by men at the leadership levels. However, the programmes of many Games organisations are now much more equitable. The performance of our elite female athletes has done a lot to dispel the myths and stereotypes about women, and to open up more opportunities for women to lead in sport.”
With respect to Generations For Peace, Judy said, “I believe in community-led change. I believe that providing local leaders with the skills and capacity to make change is the most effective way of building a better world. In GFP, we work from the ground-up. The values are strong and the outcomes in many communities, very positive.”
The Generations For Peace team would like to thank Judy for her passion, warmth, breadth of knowledge, and untiring dedication to Generations For peace. On International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities, we salute Judy Kent!