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Screening of "Category: Woman"




Outright International is excited to be a presenting partner at the Human Right Watch Film Festival to promote Category: Woman

Join us for this event to support the film and help raise awareness around issues of racism, sexism, and denial of the most fundamental right—to who they are. 

Friday, February 3, 2023, 9:00 am EST — Friday, February 10, 2023, 2:59 am EST

Who is a woman, and who gets to decide? Category: Woman focuses on four athletes from the Global South who are required by sporting institution World Athletics to medically alter their healthy bodies if they want to continue to compete in their sport.   


Sport has a long, insidious history of policing female athletes' bodies. Who is a woman and who gets to decide? When 18-year-old South African runner Caster Semenya burst onto the world stage in 2009, her championship was not celebrated, but instead she came under invasive public scrutiny, and her personal medical records were leaked to international media. With some women's naturally high androgen levels deemed a performance advantage, the International Amateur Athletics Federation (now World Athletics) ruled that in order to compete, these female athletes must medically alter their healthy bodies. Category: Woman focuses on four athletes from the Global South who are forced out of competition by these regulations, the devastation to their bodies, and lives. The public scrutiny and policing of their bodies raises issues of racism, sexism and denial of the most fundamental right—to who they are. 


"Category: Woman has a strong authentic voice, in the range of female athletes sharing their personal stories." — Rita Nketiah, Researcher, Women’s Rights, Human Rights Watch

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  • Restrictions: Streaming is available for US audiences only
  • Accessibility: Closed captions can be enabled during film streaming by selecting the "CC" icon

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