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New Member on WSI Task Force on
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Girls and Women in Sport
We are pleased to announce that Mimi Ho, Deaflympian and Research
Scholar, has joined the WSI
Task Force on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Girls and Women in Sport.
The TF members currently represent 4 of the 5 major regions of the
world. We welcome Mimi and look forward to working together to accomplish
the goals of the Task Force. Read more about Mimi.
IOC statement on myths surrounding
women's participation in sport.
In April 2011, the IOC Medical Commission approved a critical statement
concerning sport participation and 'potential damage to female reproduction'.
At the time, the 'myth' of danger to women was being circulated
in attempts to justify the exclusion of women from Olympic skijumping.
A recent story by a Polish
Canoeist is prompting us to once again help educate misinformed
sport officials around the world and help empower female athletes
with accurate information.
The following statement was approved by the IOC Medical
Commission, April 2011:
No female athlete should be denied the opportunity
to participate in any Olympic sport on the basis that she might
sustain an injury to her reproductive organs. A survey of injury
data has failed to find any evidence of an increased risk for acute
or chronic damage to the female reproductive organs occurring as
a direct result from participation in sport.
We said it then, and repeat it now: this is NOT a medical issue.
This is a harassment issue, with the intention of discouraging and
even intimidating female canoeists from participating in the sport
they love. WomenCAN
International reports that this is a century-old myth, and this
is the first time an athlete has spoken publicly. We will do whatever
we can to put a silver dagger through the heart of this destructive
CNVLD Women’s Wheelchair
Basketball Program June 2013 Progress Report
June 2013 - Download the progress
report on the program in Cambodia that WSI has been involved
with since 2007. (.pdf, 2.4 MB)
Report Part 2 for June (.pdf, 2.7MB)
WSI Task Force Co-chair travels
to China as part of US State Department Sports Envoy Program
Dr. Becky Clark, co-chair of the WSI Deaf/Hard
of Hearing Girls and Women in Sport Task Force, is in Guangzhou,
China to promote inclusion and equality for persons with disabilities,
especially young women and girls. This event marks the first time
the U.S. Department of State will send persons with disabilities
as Sport Envoys. More…
Fostering a Global Voice for Women
and Sport - AAPHERD National Convention
Speakers: Carole Oglesby, California State University,
Northridge, Northridge, CA; Christine Shelton, Smith College, Northampton,
MA; and Donna Marie Duffy, UNC Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
The 2012 Olympic Games witnessed many firsts, including female representation
from every country. Of particular interest, the United States had
more female athletes participate than males for the first time.
Even with this notable progress, many international women are banned
from or have limited opportunities to sport. This session will highlight
the progress, identify mechanisms of progress, and organizations
that can suggest ways for positive change. Full details on the AAPHERD
USA Deaf Basketball Endorses Brighton
Declaration on Women and Sports
“USADB has a rich history of providing equal opportunities
for deaf girls and women in their programs including women serving
in leadership positions. By endorsing the Brighton Declaration on
Women and Sport, USADB reaffirms its commitment to gender equality
and leads the way for full involvement for girls and women at all
levels of its organization.” said Dr. Becky Clark, cochair
of the WomenSport International Task Force on Deaf/HOH Girls and
Women in Sport and USADSF executive board memberatlarge.
the Press Release (.pdf)
L-R: Laura Edwards, Commissioner Shirley
H. Platt, and Dr. Becky Clark
sign the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport
2013 JSSGS 12th Congress
The 12th Congress will be held on 13th, 14th of July 2013 at Kyoto
University of Education , Kyoto. The main theme of this congress
is “Body and Empowerment”.
Download the information pdf.
The program includes:
- Symposium: “Possibilities of physical
activity for empowerment” by Keiko Aiba (Meijigakuin University),
Misaka Kimura (Kyotogakuen University), Keiko Itani (Kyoto University
of Education), and Haruko Takaoka (Graduate School of Tsukuba
University, a secretary of Japan Ladies Basketball League).
- Special Program: “Physical Education,
Sport and Violence/Sexual Violence: From
the scene of newspaper reporting” by Hiroshi Ochiai (The
- Special Address: “Education, Body and
Politics” by Shigeo Kodama (Tokyo University).
The program also includes presentations of papers on sport and
USA Deaf Basketball to Endorse
Brighton Declaration on Women and Sports
March 25, 2013 -- USA Deaf Basketball (USADB) is pleased to announce
that we will endorse the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport,
an international document that seeks equality for women in all levels
of sport. More...
WSI to Present and Participate
on Panel at NGO CSW FORUM
March 2013 - WSI will participate at the Forum in New York City.
Download the NGO CSW Forum Handbook by visiting the NGO Committee
on the Status of Women website http://www.ngocsw.org/ngo-csw-forum/ngo-csw-forum-handbook-ads
USA Deaf Sports Federation Signs
Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport
January 2013 - In a historic event, the USA Deaf Sports Federation
has become the first national deaf sports organization in the world
to endorse the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport, an international
document that affirms women’s right to equality in sport.
Standup Cambodia Photo Essay
January 2013 - In 2007, WSI sponsored the first CNVLD All-Women
Racing Wheelchair Team with six Angkor II Racing Wheelchairs. Since
that time, we have been highlighting the progressive work by StandupCambodia
with their work in racing, basketball and volleyball for Cambodian
Persons with a Disability. See a photo
essay on their Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team.
WSI Task Force on Deaf/Hard of
Hearing Girls and Women in Sport
January 2013 - WSI is pleased to announce the formation of a new
task force to focus on Deaf/Hard of Hearing Girls and Women in Sport.
Nada Knorre Elected Chair of Czech
Olympic Committee Women and Sport Committee
November 27, 2012 - At the 2012 Czech Olympic Committee election,
Nada Knorre (WSI advisory board member) was elected
as Chair of the Women and Sport Committee. More...
Survey on policy for LGBT sport
November 20, 2012 - Below you will find the hotlink to a brief survey
I have developed to begin to know the state of affairs globally
with regard to direct international, national or regional policy
for LGBT sport participants. The survey has instructions, and confidentiality
assurances, within. If you can make public the opportunity to respond
to the survey, I will be most appreciative. Carole Oglesby http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RH7R2YP
Tanzania: Women Attend Course
in Sports Leadership
November 14, 2012 - At least 20 women are attending a five-day International
Inspiration Leadership Course in sports, which opened at the British
Council in Dar es Salaam on Monday. The programme is part of a wider
intervention to improve quality and access to sports in Tanzania,
and supports women in positions of influence to develop their leadership
skills and give them the tools they need to be leaders in developing
sports in their organizations, communities, districts and regions.
IAPESGW 17th World Congress 2013
September 15, 2012 - The International Association of Physical Education
and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW), and its partner the national
Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER),
welcome you to the 17th quadrennial Congress to be held in the Havana
Convention Centre, Cuba, April 10th – 13th 2013. Abstracts
are due November 1, 2012. For details, visit http://iapesgw2013.inder.cu/index.php/en/scientific-s-works-presentations.
Download English poster: 17th
Download Spanish poster: 17mo.
CNVLD Battambang Women’s
Wheelchair Basketball Training now underway
July 2012 - 16 Battambang women are now in disciplined weekly training
(4 days per week) in their new basketball wheelchairs provide by
DSR in anticipation of the arrival on 27th July of Australian Wheelchair
Basketball Coach Gary Conner. The athletes are training at the Battambang
MOSVY Physical Rehabilitation Center from Friday to Monday with
two training sessions held per day. More...
CAAWS Releases New Canadian Sport
for Life Resource on International Women’s Day
OTTAWA, March 2012 – In celebration of International Women’s
Day, the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport
and Physical Activity (CAAWS) announces the publication of Actively
Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors,
a new resource designed to increase opportunities for women and
girls as both participants and leaders in the Canadian sport and
physical activity system. The publication is a supplement to the
Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) foundation document, and complements
other Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) resources. A valuable
resource for everyone involved in sport and physical activity, it
will support and guide those working with women and girls so they
engage in, and maintain, healthy and active lifestyles. More...
CNVLD Cambodian Women of Courage:
a CNVLD series
The CNVLD is pleased to commence a new series: “CNVLD Cambodian
Women of Courage” which will profile all the members of the
recently established CNVLD Cambodian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball
on Ms Sieng Sorchan and Ms Khuon Sochunthea...
2011 - Draft Minutes of the WSI
Advisory Board Meeting held September 14-15, 2011 in Chichester,
here (.pdf, 291 KB)
Women in Coaching blog
This blog is geared towards women in the coaching profession and
is an effort to increase the number of women in coaching and help
define strategies to retain women in coaching positions once they
are in place.
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Girls in Information and Communication
Nov 2011 - Job opportunities in the ICT sector continue to grow,
and many countries and regions are predicting a shortage of qualified
staff with math, science, engineering and computing skills to meet
the growing demand. At the same time, many companies are looking
to increase the numbers of women in the sector. This means that
highly qualified women in technical fields have significant opportunities
available to them. Unfortunately teenage girls and young women often
never even consider a career in ICTs....
As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said, “Equality for
women and girls is not only a basic human right it is a social and
economic imperative. Where women are educated and empowered, economies
are more productive and strong. Where women are fully represented,
societies are more peaceful and stable." More... at http://world2011.itu.int/daily4#7
Gendered Innovations in Science,
Health & Medicine, and Engineering Project launched
Nov 2011 - Gendered innovations employ sex and gender analysis as
a resource to create new knowledge and technology. The Gendered
- Develops practical methods of sex and gender analysis for science,
health & medicine, and engineering.
- Provides case studies as concrete illustrations of how sex
and gender analysis leads to innovation.
Three years in the making, the project was funded by Stanford University
and the European Commission. It draws upon experts from across both
the EU and the US. http://genderedinnovations.stanford.edu/
The Transgender Athlete
Members of WSI and the American College of Sports Medicine met in
June 2011 to collaborate on a statement on The Transgender Athlete.
Several related issues were discussed and a set of recommendations
were produced. More
... (.pdf) (Sept 2011)
August 26, 2011 – The 2011 election for WSI officers and Advisory
Board members was uncontested across all positions. A formal election,
as originally outlined on the website was therefore not conducted.
The Officers of WSI are:
President: Carol Rodgers - Canada
Vice President: Carole Oglesby - USA
Secretary: Stilani Chroni - Greece
Treasurer: Chris Shelton - USA
Past President: Kari Fasting - Norway
Canada's Women and Leadership
The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport
and Physical Activity (CAAWS) is launching the Women and Leadership
NETWORK on March 8, 2011— International Women’s Day.
The Network is for women leaders in sport and physical activity
across Canada and the world – administrators, volunteers,
coaches, officials…all women are invited to join. The Network
has been designed as the go-to place where members can connect,
build their skills, share ideas, discuss issues, find solutions
and take action. More...
Le Réseau Femmes et Leadership
de l’ACAFS (Canada)
Le Réseau Femmes et Leadership a été créé
par l’Association canadienne pour l’avancement des femmes,
du sport et de l’activité physique (ACAFS) dans le
but de soutenir l’implication des femmes leaders en sport
et en activité physique de partout au pays. Le Réseau
a été conçu comme un endroit incontournable
où les membres peuvent être en contact, développer
leurs compétences, partager des idées, discuter de
leurs préoccupations, trouver des solutions et passer à
June 2010 - Carole Oglesby, WSI Past President, has been invited
to join the Advisory Board of Beyond Sport, a global organization
that promotes, develops and funds the use of sport to create positive
social change across the world. Beyond Sport will be holding its
annual Summit September 29-30 in Chicago. One of the key themes
of this years summit will be sport's role in women's and girls'
education. Visit their web site, www.beyondsport.org
to learn more about this organization and possible funding opportunities
for your programs..
IOC moves to address gender imbalance
in Track Cycling for 2012 Olympics
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved changes to
the track cycling program for the 2012 Olympics to resolve the gender
imbalance of the current program. More...
IOC plans meeting on gender
In response to the controversy surrounding the issue of Caster Semenya's
gender identity, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is convening
a conference this coming January to institute guidelines for dealing
with the biological variations of gender identity. The results of
that conference and recommendations for handling individual cases
will be available on this site as soon as they are made public.
See more IOC news...
WSI NEW MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS
and become a member of one of the only RESEARCH-based Advocacy groups
for Women – Sport and Physical Activity. We now offer a four
year and a life-time membership option at a reduced rate. Credit
card payment options are also now available. Click
here – to download a copy of the latest brochure and membership
WSI Founding Members
WomenSport International is pleased to recognize and acknowledge
the work of the founding members of WSI: Celia Brackenridge, Libby
Darlison, Barbara Drinkwater, Kari Fasting and Marion Lay. More...
y colegas de habla Hispana,
La mision de WomenSportInternational es desarrollar deportes para
mujeres a nivel mundial a travez de la aplicacion de investigacion,
educacion y auspicio. Publicamos este material en nuestra pagina
de internet tan pronto nos es posible. En el futuro publicaremos
materiales en Espanol cuando nos sea posible. Esperamos que esto
ayude a nustros miembros y visitantes de habla Hispana.
Gracias por su apoyo, Carole Oglesby Link
to Spanish Resources
Dear Spanish speaking friends and
June 25, 2003 - The WomenSportInternational mission is to develop
sport for women around the globe through the application of research,
education and advocacy. We publish such material on our website
as often as we can. In the future, we will publish materials in
Spanish when we are able. We hope this will be a helpful step to
our Spanish-speaking members and visitors.
Thanks for all you do, Carole Oglesby.
to Spanish Resources
News from the United
WSI at the UN Committee for the
status of women 55 session in New York
WSI's Kari Fasting and Carole Oglesby will be panel speakers at
a UN Committee session on February 22 from 10:00
-11:30am, 10th floor CCUN, New York. The session is open, with free
admission, to listen to the panel. For more information, download
the poster. (PDF, 183KB)
Millennia2015 Action Plan for
International has recently become aware of an opportunity to participate
electronically, and in person, in a global exchange focused on women’s
development, empowerment and health. The Division for Gender Equity,
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) and Destree Institute have formed an on-line process of
gathering viewpoints from women globally as a method of foresight
utilization for the implementation of the UN Millennium Development
Goals. Three conference-style events form consensus-building landmarks
for the MDG accomplishment; Liege 2008, Paris late 2011, New York
2015. Interspersed are several electronic fora serving to gather
grassroots and national viewpoints and strategic suggestions. For
further information, go to the link for this process www.millennia2015.org
Information for registration for the women’s eHealth discussion
and other initiatives are found on the webpage. There is no cost
to any of the electronic participation.
WSI at the UN in NY
March 2010 - WomenSport International together with the International
Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) and the Womens Sports Foundation
(USA), presented a workshop at a parallel event during the United
Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on 1 March 2010
in New York. The title of the workshop was “CEDAW as a tool
to promote gender equality in physical activity and sport”.
WSI at the United Nations
March 2009 - WomenSport International, in collaboration with the
UN Division for the Advancement of Women (UNDAW) and the international
Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) hosted a parallel session
during the 53rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
on Monday 2 March 2009 at the UN headquarters in New York. The purpose
of the session was to report on the implementation of the recommendations
of the UNDAW report "Women, Gender Equality and Sport",
which was launched last year at CSW. More...
We have reached an agreement in regard to a planned UN-DAW publication
provisionally titled Women 2000: Physical activity, sport, exercise
and the achievement of girls and womens development
goals. The manuscript is to be prepared with the facilitation of
Dr. Carole Oglesby, utilizing an international team of experts.
The manuscript will marshall, summarize and interprete relevant
data from the world over demonstrating and clarifying the roles
of physical recreation, sport, exercise in meeting developmental
goals prominent in UN treaty language (Beijing Platform for Action,
Beijing+5 Outcome Document and CEDAW) and on-going initiatives and
May 31, 2003
For additional materials about the work of WSI and the United Nations,
please see our Current