World Taekwondo and THF are looking to provide equal opportunities for men and women ©World Taekwondo

World Taekwondo and the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) have reiterated their commitment to using their platform to give women the same opportunities as men.

The THF released a video of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Refugee Scholarship to celebrate International Women's Day, which stars Marzieh Hamidi of Afghanistan who is training to compete at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Hamidi talked about the struggles she faced as a woman trying to become a taekwondo star.

"To be a woman is not easy," said Hamidi.

"Not just in my country or the Middle East, around the world it is not easy.

"In the past, women were the victims and in society in their mind, they think women are not strong.

"I am training taekwondo and I am fighting so I have the potential."

The THF is planning to hire a female coach in the Azraq Camp ©World Taekwondo
The THF is planning to hire a female coach in the Azraq Camp ©World Taekwondo

THF is targeting an equal amount of girls and boys who participate in their youth projects across seven countries.

Girls currently occupy 37 per cent of participants, but the numbers have improved over the years.

There was a 30 per cent increase in female participants at the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan in 2020.

Taekwondo was the first sport to have an equal amount of male and female referees, which occurred at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

World Taekwondo has hosted two gender equity and women leadership forums, where they aim to increase representation of women on their Executive Council.

Both organisations are hoping to reach the goal set by the the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 5, which empowers women.