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Election Results:
November 15, 2014 – The 2014 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. Full list of Officers and Advisory Board...

August 21, 2014 - It is time for the 2014 WSI elections and the procedures are in place for the nomination process:

ADVISORY BOARD (5 positions)

Nominations for these positions are welcome. For additional information on the process and October 15th deadline....

Empowerment of Women Seminar Held in Pakistan: International Women's Day
The Pakistan Association for Women Sport organized a Seminar to celebrate International Women's Day 2014 with support of Women Sport International (WSI). The Seminar was attended by more than 200 female participants. There were four speakers addressing the topic of EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN. Read more...

Feminist Declaration for Post 2015
Download the Feminist Declaration for Post 2015, with over 340 organizational endorsements from international, regional and national organizations in 143 countries. This is a vision of the world that millions of us seek, which propose alternative models of development that uphold peace, security, equality and human rights for all and for the wellbeing of nature and of the planet in the coming decades.
The drafters of the statement are grateful to the more than sixty women's, young people´s, indigenous, development, human rights, and LGBT networks who contributed to the drafting of this statement and hope it is of use to you in your advocacy in the coming years.

CSW 2014 Parallel Event Session - Mar.10, 2014
The program is now available. Download the March 10th program (.pdf, 105 KB)
“Brighton to Beijing to Post 2015: Gaining the ‘World We Want’ In Girls and Women’s Sport”. Click here to download the ad (.pdf, 450 Kb)

Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Program - Cambodia
As part of our ongoing relationshiop with the Cambodian Women's Wheelchair Team, they have sent a link for a set of photos of US basketball expert Jess Markt's recent very successful coaching tenure with the CNVLD Women¹s Wheelchair basketball teams. Photos

Sport Psychology Council website
The site features sport psychology organizations worldwide (names and links to websites) in an interactive map format. Sport Psychology Council meeting minutes are also posted.
You can see the Sport Psychology Council website at: http://www.sportpsychologycouncil.org/

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 myth.

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)
Progress 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 website...

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. Download the Press Release (.pdf)

USADB Signs Brighton Declaration
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”.
the information pdf.
The program includes:

  1. 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).
  2. Special Program: “Physical Education, Sport and Violence/Sexual Violence: From
    the scene of newspaper reporting” by Hiroshi Ochiai (The Mainichi Newspapers).
  3. Special Address: “Education, Body and Politics” by Shigeo Kodama (Tokyo University).

The program also includes presentations of papers on sport and gender studies.
Website: www.jssgs.org

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. More...

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. Details...

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...

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. More...

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 World Congress
Download Spanish poster: 17mo. Congreso Mundial

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 Program. More on Ms Sieng Sorchan and Ms Khuon Sochunthea...

2011 - Draft Minutes of the WSI Advisory Board Meeting held September 14-15, 2011 in Chichester, England. Click 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 Technology (ICT)
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 Innovations project:

  1. Develops practical methods of sex and gender analysis for science, health & medicine, and engineering.
  2. 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)

Election Results:
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 NETWORK
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 l’action. ...Plus

Beyond Sport
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 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...

JOIN – 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 application/renewal form.

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...

Estimados amigos 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 colleagues,
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. Link to Spanish Resources

News from the United Nations:

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 Women's Empowerment
WomenSport 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”. More...

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...

UN-DAW manuscript
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 girl’s and women’s 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 efforts. More... May 31, 2003

For additional materials about the work of WSI and the United Nations, please see our Current Initiatives section.


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