Credit: VdL

The City of Luxembourg has announced that the National Council of Women of Luxembourg (Conseil National des Femmes du Luxembourg - CNFL) will be presenting the exhibition “Luxembourg’s female athletes at the Olympic Games since 1924”, produced in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Diversity and the Ministerial Department of Sports, as well as under the patronage of the Luxembourg Olympic and Sports Committee (Comité olympique et sportif luxembourgeois - COSL).

The 2024 Olympic Games will kick off in Paris on Friday 26 July 2024 and will keep sports fans around the world on the edge of their seats for three weeks. It was exactly 100 years ago, in 1924, that Luxembourg’s female athletes took part in the Olympic Games for the first time. In this context

Today, women's sports still do not have the same status in society as men's sports, and it is all the more important to continue to draw attention to this urgent need for equality, the ministries noted. The aim of these two initiatives is therefore to recognise all women in the world of sport and to give them the respect they deserve while offering a wider platform to women's sport.

The exhibition presents on fifteen panels the 35 Luxembourg athletes who have participated in the Olympic Games since 1924. It also presents the history and evolution of women's sports in Luxembourg since its beginnings in 1909 and paints a portrait of the pioneers of the Luxembourg sports movement. These 35 women, including swimmer Lory Koster, table tennis player Ni Xia Lian, and fencer Colette Flesch, have demonstrated tireless sporting commitment at a high level. These fascinating portraits can serve as role models for young girls and inspire younger generations in their respective sports. By creating their portraits, the CNFL has also allowed sportswomen to express themselves on gender equality issues in the world of sport.

An opening of the exhibition in the presence of members of the College of Aldermen and CNFL officials will take place on Tuesday 9 July 2024 at 14:00 at the Cercle Cité in Luxembourg-Ville.

The exhibition will be open from Tuesday 9 July to Friday 2 August  2024; Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 19:00 and Saturdays from 10:00 to 18:00. It will be partly in the Lëtzebuerg City Library and partly in the lobby of the Cercle Cité at the entrance to the library (3, rue Genistre, L-1623 Luxembourg). Admission is free.