An Athlete Caster Semenya’s Advocacy Isn’t About Running: It Is All About The Human Rights

Every achievement comes with enormous hardships and determination. People who became successful in their life have a strange story behind it. Besides, different level of or field they may come from, but some have the same stories to tell. In the world of sports, the marathon is performed by both women and men nowadays. However, the difference is that men’s world record has fallen today but women’s — well, some of them have held firm for over 30 years. Caster Semenya who won different times in the field of running has the most significant contribution when it comes to human rights as she redefines what the true meaning of being female in the sport is.

The young South African Athlete stands for what she believes and what is right. She started in the year 2009 at the age of 18 and won over 29 races, and after that, she became a role model along the way. Recently this weekend, Semenya stood on the ground with so much pride and changed the face of the sport for being a gay black woman. However, Friday in Doha might be the last time she will compete to her favorite event because of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) provided a necessary medication to reduce her testosterone level which seems to be unequal with such discrimination.

Showing strength and courage not only to win the competition but also to win against the rights fought by Semenya cannot be measured by anything else in this world. She focuses on the empowerment of every women athlete against sexual differences to stop inequality and discernment. The moment that you ask everyone about injecting a woman’s body to control it will become an issue to human rights. IAAF never mind about the risks and damage that Semenya will get for the surgery and injections she will undergo just to be qualified in the competition. This type of action is not proper.

The foundations for human rights together with the UN’s human rights crashed the decision. Deputy program director says “Women with intersex variations have the same right to dignity and control over their bodies as other women, and it’s deeply disappointing to see CAS uphold regulations that run afoul of international human rights standards.” In this case, Semenya proved that despite having sexual deviation, it is not a hindrance to continue your dreams and inspire others. Many have supported Semenya’s defense and won against the IAAF. She is also one of the lists of the top100 Influential people in Time Magazine. It is truly right that good things come to those people with a good heart that once want to stimulate everyone with such conviction and spirit.