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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...
THE MEMBERSHIP OF WSI
August 21, 2014 - It is time for the 2014 WSI elections and
the procedures are in place for the nomination process:
OFFICES OPEN FOR NOMINATION:
ADVISORY BOARD (5 positions)
Nominations for these positions are welcome. For
additional information on the process and October 15th deadline....
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
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.
Wheelchair Basketball Program June 2013 Progress Report
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)
Wheelchair Basketball Program Progress Report - May 2013
Download the progress
report on the program in Cambodia that WSI has been involved
with since 2007. (.pdf 1 MB)
|May 16, 2013
||WSI Task Force
Co-chair travels to China as part of US State Department Sports
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…
|April 29, 2013
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,
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
|April 15, 2013
||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
the Press Release (.pdf)
|April 2, 2013
||2013 JSSGS 12th
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:
- 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 Mainichi Newspapers).
- Special Address: “Education, Body
and Politics” by Shigeo Kodama (Tokyo University).
The program also includes presentations of papers on sport
and gender studies.
|March 25, 2013
Basketball to Endorse Brighton Declaration on Women and Sports
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
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
|January 31, 2013
||USA Deaf Sports
Federation Signs Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport
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.
|January 28, 2013
Cambodia Photo Essay
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.
|Nov 27, 2012
Elected Women and Sport Committee Chair of Czech Olympic Committee
At the 2012 Czech Olympic Committee election, Nada Knorre
(WSI advisory board member) was elected as Chair of the Women
and Sport Committee. More...
|Nov 20, 2012
||Survey on policy
for LGBT sport participants
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
|Nov 14, 2012
Attend Course in Sports Leadership
- 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...
|Sept 15, 2012
World Congress 2013
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
Download English poster: 17th
Download Spanish poster: 17mo.
|July 28, 2012
Women’s Wheelchair Basketball
Australian Disability Sports expert Gary Connor now coaching
Cambodia’s first Womens wheelchair basketball Team in
Battambang Cambodia. More...
|July 16, 2012
attending ICSEMIS conference in Glasgow, Scotland, July 19-24,
Among the panel presenters at the International Convention on
Science, Education and Medicine in Sport are: Kari Fasting,
(Norway); Celia Brackenridge, (UK); Carole Oglesby (USA); Gertrude
Pfister (Den); Barb Drinkwater (USA); Vicki Krane (USA); Ani
Chroni (Gre). More...
Visit the Conference website: http://www.icsemis2012.com/
|July 10, 2012
Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Training now underway
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
|May 7, 2012
CNVLD Women's Basketball
Team features in DSR News
Cyclepower Cambodia – a joint initiative between Australian
NGO Disability Sport & Recreation (DSR) and Cambodian
charity partner Stand Up Cambodia (CNVLD) will see a group
of 20 cyclists ride across Cambodia in June 2012 to raise
awareness of and funds for disability sport and recreation.
Read the whole story at: http://www.dsr.org.au/news1.aspx?ArticleID=414
|April 3, 2012
||2012 JSSGS 11th Congress
The 11th Congress will be held on 7th, 8th of July 2012 at the
Gakushuin Women's College, Tokyo. The main theme of this congress
is “Gender and Sport in Development”.
The program includes:
1) Lecture : “Development and Health”
by Hiroko Hara (Josai International University) and
2) Symposium: “Gender and Sport in Development”
by Keiko Arai (Gakushuin University), Taku Yamaguchi (NPO Hearts
of Gold), and Kiyomi Kaida (former JICA Specialist).
The program also includes presentations of papers on sport and
gender studies. Download
|March 8, 2012
CAAWS Releases New Canadian
Sport for Life Resource on International Women’s Day
OTTAWA– 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...
Pink and fashion and Soccer
- a special mix
On 10th December 2011, Vijana Amani Pamoja, hosted the 1st
Miss Mrembo, meaning (beauty) girls’ soccer tournament
- one with a different approach.
An exciting day of soccer, hairdressing, awareness of gender
based violence (GBV) and fashion show. The tournament was
organized under the theme of “Kujiamini” a Swahili
word meaning self confidence.
A total of 150 girls drawn from 12 teams consisting of girls
ages 10-18 years from all the walks of Eastlands part of Nairobi,
to participate in this unique 7-a-side street football tournament
whose aim was:
- Explore the importance of self esteem among teenage girls
- Encourage women to participate in sports.
- Emphasize on good grooming among girls /girls soccer
- Identify Miss Mrembo player of the year 2011
- Enable young women to make informed choices in their
- Create awareness on Sexual Assault among young girls
the full report. (.pdf)
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...
||Call for Abstracts for the
11th International Symposium for Olympic Research, to
be hosted at the Ivey-Spencer Leadership Centre at The University
of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, on October 19
& 20, 2012.
Abstract Deadline, January 6, 2012
Scholars, researchers, students, and professionals interested
in the socio-cultural study of the modern Olympic or Paralympic
Games are invited to submit abstracts for conference presentation.
Papers in the area of history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy,
political science, and sport management, as well as other disciplines
that contribute to our cultural understanding of the Games are
particularly encouraged. The 11th Symposium includes a Graduate
Student Essay Competition.
Details for submission of abstracts can be downloaded
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)
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
Gendered innovations employ sex and gender analysis as a resource
to create new knowledge and technology. The Gendered Innovations
- 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. More...
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
||In Praise of Female Athletes
Who Were Told No
For the 14 female ski jumpers
petitioning to be included in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
- August 2011 - This was submitted as an example of support
for the women's ski jumpers had prior to last year's 2010 Olympic
Winter Games. A poem written by the Vancouver Poet Laureate
" Despite the glory of color it's easy
to be the butterfly; It's hard to be the dog or to remain like
the river stone. For Christ sake little lady, sit down you've
Because he thought that a woman short of breath was an affront
to good manners, Baron Pierre de Courbertin founded the modern
Olympics with only the strength of men in mind. The heft and
depth of sport surely could not be good for the reproductive
organs of a lady..."
NOTICE TO THE MEMBERSHIP
It is time for the 2011 WSI elections and the procedures are
in place for the nomination process:
OFFICES OPEN FOR NOMINATION:
- ADVISORY BOARD (minimum 3 positions)
Nominations for these positions are welcome by August
1, 2011. Please see nomination process details, click
||Li Na, first woman from Asia
to win a Tennis Grand Slam
Li Na made sporting history at the French Open on Saturday 4
June 2011 when she became the first player from China and from
Asia to win a Grand Slam singles title. The Chinese player said
she hopes that by winning a Grand Slam title she will act as
a catalyst for the growth of tennis in her homeland. Listen
to her interview on ABC Radio Australia: Connect Asia
with comments by Johanna Adriaanse, WSI executive, about the
importance of her victory for women’s sport in China and
2011 JSSGS 10th Anniversary
Japan Society for Sport and Gender Studies
The 10th Anniversary Congress will be held on July 2-3, 2011
at Chukyo University, Nagoya-campus, Nagoya, Japan.
The main theme of this congress is Sport and Gender
Studies’ Today’s Situation and the Future.
The program includes:
- Keynote Report: “Summary of Japan Society for Sport
and Gender Studies’ 10 years and the Challenge”,
- Keynote Address: “The international situation and
trends on women and sport and measures from the viewpoint
of the IOC" (Dr.Gudrun Doll-Tepper),
- Symposium: “Frontier of Gender Research: Gender
Binary in Sport”, and
- Round Table: “Connecting Sport and Gender Research
The program also includes poster presentations on sport
and gender studies. Download
||Southern African Women and
Sport Consultative meeting - April 28-29, 2011
The Southern African Women and Sport Consultative meeting has
decided upon Guiding Principles for Sport Sector Addressing
Violence Against Women and Girls in Sport.
The Southern African Women and Sport Consultative Meeting was
held on 28 th – 29 th april 2011 at the intercontinental
Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia under the theme “Violence Against
Women in Sport: Stepping Up to the Challenge”. More...
||OCA Sports Administration
Course for Women, Hyderabad, Pakistan May 23-29, 2011
The Sindh Olympic Association, under the patronage of the Pakistan
Olympic Association and in collaboration with the Pakistan Association
for Women Sport, has organized the OCA Sports Administration
Course for Women.The position statement of the Pakistan Association
for Women Sport on Girls and Women in Physical Education and
Sports in Pakistan can be downloaded
as a pdf. (118 KB)
Just when you think you
have heard everything......
In 2008 Gian-Franco Kasper, head of the International Ski
Federation said, "Ski jumping is just too dangerous for
women. Don't forget, [the landing] it's like jumping down
from, let's say, about two meters to the ground about a thousand
times a year, which seems not to be appropriate for ladies
from a medical point of view" A few years earlier, he
told reporters that a woman's uterus might burst during landing.
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.
|June 2011 update
Badminton World Federation
Update -- June 2011 - Badminton's world governing
body has decided to scrap a controversial rule that would
have forced female players to wear skirts in competition.
According to WSF, "It is still our intention to focus
on a better presentation of the game, but we will like to
broaden the scope to include both men and women, and the feedback
will also include views from various stakeholders such as
the clothing manufacturers."
May 4, 2011 - Just when you think there are no surprises
left, the Badminton World Federation comes to the
rescue! The year is 2011 and the BWF apparently believes it
is acceptable to mandate that women playing in BWF international
tournaments wear skirts "...to ensure attractive presentation
of badminton." Not for greater mobility, not for safety,
but to appeal to a wider audience and sponsors.
What a blatant display of lack of appreciation for women as
athletes. This is less surprising when you realize that none
of the ten member BWF Executive Board are women. The BWF is
in for a rude awakening if they think that women will meekly
accept being used as sex objects to "boost the sport's
profile among viewers". The players may not be in a position
to complain, but WSI and other women's organizations certainly
should. The sport belongs to the athletes, not the sponsors,
not the public, not all-male governing bodies. Women who want
to wear skirts should wear skirts. Women who want to wear
shorts should wear shorts. All are athletes and should be
appreciated for their skill, not their wardrobe.
The WSI Board is currently exploring strategic action options.
If you want to be included in action steps to let the Badminton
World Federation know that women are expecting to be taken
seriously as athletes and autonomous individuals, please contact
us to join the consensus being developed on this matter."
|April 7, 2011
||Women’s ski jumping
event added to 2014 Sochi Games
April 6, 2011 - For the first time in Olympic Winter Games history,
women will participate in ski jumping, beginning in Sochi, Russia
in 2014. “We are elated and relieved,” said Deedee
Corradini, Women’s Ski Jumping USA president. “Sochi,
Russia can proudly proclaim that it will be hosting the first
gender-equal Winter Games in Olympic history.” Ski jumping
(and Nordic Combined) were the only disciplines in the Winter
Games that did not allow women to participate. More...
|March 3. 2011
||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...
||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,
the poster. (PDF, 183KB)
||Millennia2015 Action Plan
for Women's Empowerment
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.
Advocate for Women's Rights
WomenSport International (WSI) would like to acknowledge the
many contributions that Arne Ljungqvist, MD and Chair of the
IOC Medical Commission has made to women's sport. Members
of WSI know firsthand that Arne has been a strong advocate
for women's right to participate fully in international competition
and to have a voice in IOC decisions pertaining to that participation.
|Dec 2, 2010
||WSI at ‘European
/ Middle East Network’ meeting, Alexandria University,
Egypt, October 11th – 15th 2010
Between Oct 11th – 15th 2010 Alexandria University hosted
an international symposium with representatives from IAPESGW,
ICSSPE, WSI and SAAW. The purpose was to develop the ‘European
and Middle East network’ to improve global reach through
international networks on gender and sport related knowledge
exchange across Europe and the Middle East. Delegates came from
Egypt, Oman, Lebanon, UK, Germany, Denmark, Norway (Iran / Turkey).
Delegates shared aims and knowledge of international networks
and discussed potential for further collaboration for the benefit
of global reach. A presentation of delegates’ work and
research was made to University of Alexandria’s Faculty
and students. Further research and development links were discussed.
the Final Statement .pdf.
|Oct 26, 2010
||2010 - Draft
Minutes of the WSI Advisory Board Meeting held May 21,
2010, in Sydney, Australia. Click
here (.pdf, 327 KB)
|Sept 15, 2010
and the 21st Century Challenges
The Faculty of Sport Education – Abu Qir , Alexandria
University invites all members of the sport community, both
academics and athletes, to attend the 11th International
Scientific Conference for Physical Education and Sport Science
– Sport and the 21st Century Challenges from October,
13 – 15, 2010. More...
|Sept 9, 2010
WSI at ACSM
Conference, June 2010, Balitmore, USA
Consensus Statement from WSI Conference Addressing
the Issue of Disorders of Sexual Differentiation (DSD)
The conference was held in June in conjunction with the Annual
meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine. A committee
appointed by Arne Ljungqvist, MD, Chair of the International
Olympic Committee Medical Commission has focused on what action
current science would recommend if an athlete were diagnosed
with a disorder of sexual differentiation (DSD). Their concern
was with the elite athlete and whether some disorders might
provide a woman with an unfair advantage in competition. The
definition of "unfair" remains to be determined.
While gender tests for female athletes are no longer a requirement
for participation in women's events, testing for performance
enhancing drugs and methods remains part of the effort to
promote fair play in Olympic competition. Unfortunately, the
biochemical effect of some medical conditions may result in
testosterone levels well beyond the normal range for women.
If so, these women run the risk of being unfairly identified
as potential users of a performance enhancing drug. Early
identification of these conditions would benefit the athletes
by allowing corrective action of the medical problem at a
younger age, sparing them the trauma of being investigated
for illegal use of drugs and being denied participation in
WomenSport International in cooperation with the American
College of Sports Medicine recently convened a Consensus Conference
to discuss this issue. The results of our deliberations are
|July 30, 2010
- November 2010
An international seminar "Communities and Crisis - Inclusive
Community Building Through Sport" will take place 7- 13
November 2010 in Rheinsberg, Germany hosted by the International
Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE/CIEPSS)and
Kennesaw University, USA. Click
here (.pdf) for further information.
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.
||2010 JSSGS 9th
Japan Society for Sport and Gender Studies
The Ninth Congress will be held on July 3-4, 2010 at the Kobe
Shoin Women's University, Kobe, Japan. The main theme of this
congress is Sport, Sexual Violence, and Gender.
For more information click
here, or visit their website at http://www.jssgs.org/?cat=16
||WSI at the UN
-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”.
|February 25, 2010
a scientific project of the German Sport University
The Department of Physiology and Anatomy of the German Sport
University Cologne is carrying out a long-term epidemiologic
project: the PACE-Study (Performance, Age, Competition, Exercise).
Its aim is the documentation of complex interactions between
training, age, motivation to engage in physical activity,
lifestyle factors and physical performance.
from all age segments, sports and from all levels of performance
are invited to participate in our online survey (www.dshs-koeln.de/pace
the Survey - Click here.
for Women Ski Jumpers!
February 19, 2010, by David Ebner. Globe and Mail, Toronto,
Canada/ CTV News
Governor-General joins fight for
women ski jumpers
Women ski jumpers - barred from the Vancouver Winter Games -
have a surprise ally as they try to lift off at the 2014 Olympics
in Russia: (Canadian) Governor-General Michaëlle Jean.
Ms. Jean quietly lobbied International Olympic Committee chief
Jacques Rogge as she sat beside him at the opening ceremonies
a week ago. She relayed what she heard to 18-year-old Canadian
jumper Atsuko Tanaka at a reception at Canada House in Whistler
"She just said that she had a chat with
Jacques Rogge and how he said he was confident about 2014 ski
jumping and women being part of it," Ms. Tanaka said in
an interview. "It's good news but it's even better that
it's coming from the Governor-General." More...
|February 14, 2010
On February 13th ski jumping competition in the 2010 Winter
Olympics took place at the Whistler Olympic Park, but Lindsey
Van, who set the record on the normal hill for both men and
women in 2008 was not there. Neither were other elite women
jumpers in spite of the fact that the International Ski Federation
(FIS) recommended in a 114-1 vote in 2006 that the women's
event be added to the 2010 Winter Olympics. According to Jacques
Rogge, IOC President, the reason for excluding women was based
on technical reasons, not gender discrimination. Rogge points
to the IOC requirement that there must be competition in a
winter sport in 25 countries on three continents to be considered
for the Olympics and then raised the ire of women by unwisely
using the phrase "dilution of medals" if women jumpers
were added to the Vancouver program. Women point to snowboard
cross and ski cross, recent additions to the Olympics, that
didn't meet that criteria. Women in those sports and others
in the Summer Olympics benefited from the efforts of Juan
Antonio Samaranch, IOC President 1980-2001, to eliminate gender
discrimination in the Olympics. Since 1998, any new sport
added to the Olympics must include women's events. A reasonable
person might assume that would be followed by opening the
doors to women in all Olympic sports. The opportunity was
there - but missed. To many observers the decision, clothed
in facts and figures, is really gender discrimination. The
statement from FIS President, Gian Franco Kasper that, "Ski
jumping is just too dangerous for women...... seems not to
be appropriate for ladies from a medical point of view."
is all too familiar and undercuts the assertion that gender
was not a factor in the decision. The IOC has made exceptions
to the rules in the past, notably the women's marathon in
1984 and would have been applauded for doing so again. The
women have lost an opportunity to demonstrate their skill
and courage on the world stage. What has the IOC gained? From
In response to the efforts of the women jumpers to overturn
the IOC's decision not to include them in the 2010 Winter
Olympics, Dick Pound, IOC member and head of the World Anti-Doping
Agency, issued this not so veiled threat: "If in
the meantime you're making all kinds of allegations about
the IOC and how it's discriminating on the basis of gender,"
he warned, "the IOC may say, 'Oh yeah, I remember
them. They're the ones that embarrassed us and caused us a
lot of trouble of trouble in Vancouver, maybe they should
wait another four years or eight years.'"
Pfister received the Inaugural European Women and Sports
for research, leadership and exceptional achievements for women
The award ceremony occurred at the 8th European Women and Sport
Conference which were held October 9th and 10th 2009 in Limassol
||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...
Muditambi Ravele, acting president of the South-African
Women and Sports Federation
September 2009 - Caster Semenya should be basking in the glory
of her 800 meters world gold medal in Berlin. Instead, 2009
looks set to be an annus horribilis year for the talented
South African athlete. More...
Followup: October 2009
Johanna Adriaanse, Chair, International Working Group (IWG)
“Brutal trial by media and insensitive management by
the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)
is my view of how S-African athlete Caster Semenya has been
treated in recent weeks.More...
Asia Pacific NGO Forum
on Beijing +15
The forum takes place October 22-24, 2009 at Miriam College
in Quezon City, Philippines.
For details and registration form, visit their web
2009 JSSGS 8th Congress
The Eighth Congress will be held 4 and 5 in July 2009 at the
National Olympics Memorial Youth Center, Tokyo.
The first theme of this congress is Sport and Gender
in East Asia -the Issues and the Perspectives-. The
program includes: 1) Lecture: "Policy for Women and its
Issues in East Asia in recent years." 2) Reports: "The
Present Situation concerning Gender Mainstreaming in Sports
in East Asia" -The Present Situation in China and South
The second theme is Physical Education and Sport and
Gender in the University Education. The program includes
Symposium and Group Discussion. Whole program includes presentations
of papers on sport and gender studies. Website: www.jssgs.org
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
here – to download a copy of the latest brochure
and membership application/renewal form.
at the United Nations
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.
The session titled - Empowering women through physical
activity and sport - featured a diverse group of
expert speakers from all regions of the world including the
following WSI Executive and Advisory Board members:
- Prof. Dr. Kari Fasting (Norway)
- Dr. Carole Oglesby (USA)
- Ms. Laura Gajardo (Chile)
The session was moderated by Johanna Adriaanse (Australia).
For a summary of the presentations, click
The myth that never dies……
In 2006 Gian-Franco Kasper, head of the International Ski
Federation, was ridiculed for saying , "Ski jumping is
just too dangerous for women. Don't forget, [the landing]
it's like jumping down from, let's say, about two meters to
the ground about a thousand times a year, which seems not
to be appropriate for ladies from a medical point of view."
A few years earlier, he told reporters that a woman's uterus
might burst during landing.
Women continue to jump in spite of this dire warning with
no injuries to their reproductive organs.
In 2000, the Seattle Times (USA) reported that women were
encountering red flags from coaches who offered resistance
and suspicious arguments for why females shouldn’t pole
vault, “They weren’t strong enough. Their arms
weren’t built to withstand the necessary force. Hard
landings in the pit could damage their reproductive systems.”
These dire predictions have not come true. In the Beijing
Olympics, Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva set a new World
record of 16’ 6 2/3”. No injuries to a woman’s
reproductive system have been reported.
FACT: There is no medical or scientific evidence
that participation in any Olympic sport causes damage to a
woman’s reproductive organs. This discredited myth is
being used to intimidate women and discourage them from participating
in the sport of their choice.
Gajardo, new Advisory Board member of WSI, recently conducted
a study on women and sport in Chile
A research project was set up by Chiledeportes in 2006 and
provides an overview of the female participation in sport.
Strategies and actions are outlined based on a three pillar
concept: Health - Quality of Life - Physical Activity/Sport.
Chiledeportes has the objective to promote gender equality
in sport and physical education.
Findings include that in Chile 62% of females are considered
overweight and sport and physical education are seen to have
the potential to solve this current crisis. Long working hours,
lack of motivation and the scarcity of sports programs are
main constraints for Chilean women to get involved in sports.
The following report summarises proposals to improve the
current situation including the development of a public strategy
to include women in sport, find ways of funding for women's
sports programs and the creation of a female sport infrastructure.
The report provided by Laura Gajardo is available in Spanish
language, please click
here to download.
||Minutes of the WSI Executive/Advisory
Board Meeting held May 7-8, 2008 in Trikala, Greece are
here. (.doc, 59 KB)
||WSI at ISCEMIS 2008, Guangzhou,
WSI recently held a symposium at the International Convention
on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport in Guangzhou, China
from 1-4 August, 2008. WSI President Professor Kari Fasting
chaired the WSI Symposium entitled: Lifelong physical activity
for women – benefits and barriers. More...
Impact of WSI fund assist
in Cambodia goes beyond sport.
The disability policy being prepared by ANZ Royal Bank (see
below) is a direct result of 5 CNVLD women in WSI funded wheelchairs
in Battambang who, one day, were given the chance to open
a bank account and could not access the bank.
The resulting consequences and superb action being taken by
ANZ Royal including a national disability policy for all their
braches shows how effective sport can be as a catalyst for
civil society development.”
The Management of ANZ Royal adopts “ANZ Royal Disability
Physical Accessibility Policy (hereafter referred to Accessibility
Policy) for the design, construction, expansion, renovation
and alterations of the bank’s buildings so that our
facilities are conveniently accessible by persons with disabilities.
This instrument will ensure that all building designs of ANZ
Royal Bank are considered in terms of their accessibility
to person with disabilities.
|July 18, 2008
||The Oceania Challenge
The Oceania Continental Federation together with all the Oceania
National Table Tennis Federations present at the Oceania Women’s
Table Tennis Forum, held in Tahiti on 6th July 2008, pledge
to abide by the Brighton Declaration. More...
|June 16, 2008
The 2008 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.
||Japan Society of Sport and
We concluded the Sixth Conference held on 7 and 8 in July, 2007
in Hosei University, Tokyo successfully. The theme of this conference
was "Gender and Understanding of Sex Difference in the
Research of Physical Education and Sport Science". For
a brief report, click
The Seventh Conference will be held July 5-6,
2008 at the Dawn Center, Osaka Prefectural Women's Center in
Osaka. The theme of this conference is "Media, Sport and
||2007 Meeting Minutes
The Executive Committee/ Advisory Board meeting minutes of March
2007 (.doc, 67 KB) are available. Download.
|April 30, 2008
||International Forum on Youth
Sport with a Gender Perspective
of Thessaly, Dept. of PE & Sports Science, Trikala, Greece
The University of Thessaly and the Dept. of PE & Sports
Science organize the 1st International Forum on “Youth
Sport with a Gender Perspective”. The forum will take
place in Trikala (central Greece) on Saturday May 10, 2008 at
Matsopoulo Park (10:00am-17:00pm) and English will be the official
language. Attendance is free of charge. Download
a poster of the event. (.pdf, 385KB) Due to limited seating,
registration can be completed by emailing your name and contact
info at email@example.com
New WSI member designs
sportswear for active Muslim women
Aheda Zanetti, Managing Director of Ahiida, recently joined
WSI as a member.
Her company, Ahiida, is an Australian owned company that designs
and produces quality swimwear and sportswear, for example
the ‘burkini” (see photo). Ahiida garments are
designed with the respect of Islamic values and aimed to enhance
the lifestyle of the active Muslim female.
Sports clothing requirements can be a barrier for Muslim girls
and women who want to play sports due to cultural and religious
beliefs. Ahiida is addressing this issue by providing specialised
sportswear to suit the Muslim female allowing Muslim women
to compete in sports with confidence.
For more information on Ahiida’s products please check
out their website www.ahiida.com.
NOTICE TO THE MEMBERSHIP
It is time for the 2008 WSI elections and the procedures are
in place for the nomination process:
OFFICES OPEN FOR NOMINATION
Member-at-large, Executive Committee
Advisory Board (4 positions)
Nominations for these positions are welcome. For details,
Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) Publication
For the past several years, Dr. Carole Oglesby
(former President of WSI) and a group of dedicated researchers
have been working within the framework of the United Nations
Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) on a major publication
on Women and Sport and sports effectiveness in promoting equality
and social development. (See the interim reports in the WSI
Initiatives section) The publication “Women,
gender equality and sport” was launched at
Feb 28, Commission on the Status of Women Meeting at the UN
in New York City. This monograph is the latest in the WOMENWATCH
2000 and Beyond series.
Numerous WSI members, along with other experts from the International
Working Group, the United Nations, and other agencies have
contributed to the success of this project.
WSI extends its thanks and congratulations to WSI executive
members Carole Oglesby, Johanna Adriaanse,
and President Kari Fasting for their dedication
in bringing this publication to completion. Former Executive
Board member Elizabeth Darlison was also
very influential in the early years of the Strategic Bridges
project. It has been a WSI initiative for several years and
we are pleased to see its publication. Download the
2000 Report (.pdf, 610 KB)
out the NEW IWG!
Leading up to the 5th World Conference on Women and
Sport in 2010 in Sydney the International Working
Group on Women and Sport (IWG) has repositioned itself with
- NEW Team….including 3 WSI Executive Committee members
- NEW website
- NEW Strategic Plan 2007-2012
- NEW e-newsletter ‘The Catalyst’
Find out more about these exciting initiatives on the web
site www.iwg-gti.org, and in the first quarterly newsletter
The Center invites applications for its RESEARCH ASSOCIATESHIPS
for 2008-2009 from scholars and teachers at all levels of the
educational system, as well as from artists, community organizers
and political activists, both local and international. More...
|Oct 20, 2007
Uganda Youth Ministries has created an educational sport program
focused on an Anti-HIV+ message and Netball and Soccer for girls.
Such programs have utilized supportive materials and content
from WSI members.
a copy of the WSI information brochure
here. (.pdf, 485 Kb)
Aussi disponible en français, cliquez
ici (.pdf, 298 Kb)
en Espanol (.pdf, 299 Kb)
|Sept 30, 2007
Battambang Ladies Racing Team
-The ANZ Royal -CNVLD Wheelie Grand Prix is proud to announce
the first ever WSI Battambang Ladies Racing Team. Established
through cooperation with ICRC Battambang, the DOSB-CNVLD Advisor
and WSI, the five member team went into training on Monday
24th September in time to compete in the ANZ Royal –
CNVLD 2nd Round Competition in Battambang on Saturday 29th
de Mujeres de ATTC en los Juegos Para Panamericanos de Río
El día 15 de agosto, durante el transcurso de los Juegos
Para Panamericanos de Río 2007, tuvo lugar la primer
de Mujeres organizada por ATTC (Comité de Tenis
de Mesa para discapacitados de América)....
ATTC Women’s Meeting
at Parapan American Games Rio 2007
On August 15th, the first Women’s
Meeting organized by the ATTC (Americas Table Tennis Committee
for the disabled) was held, during the Parapan American Games
Rio 2007. More...
of Sport and Gender Studies
Report of Fifth Anniversary Conference available, Sixth Conference
scheduled for July 2007. More...
|July 18, 2007
more Women ‘On the Move’
Since the inaugural ANZR-CNVLD Wheelie Grand Prix in May 2007,
four more Female Athletes with a Disability have joined the
Racing Wheelchair teams. One-third of all ANZR-CNVLD Wheelie
athletes are now female.
The CNVLD initiated the Racing Wheelchair programme in 2004
in acknowledgement of the exclusion to date of Cambodian Women
with a Disability from professionally managed national sports
|June 8, 2007
IF Women's Network
The Lausanne IF Women's Network met on 8 June 2007 at the Headquarters
of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). The network
is an initiative of Lilamani de Soysa, ITTF Project Manager
and IWG member, and Brigitte Zuffrey from the International
Motorcycling Federation, who both attended the IWG World Conference
in Kumamoto, Japan. Following the conference, in the spirit
of the Kumamoto Commitment to Collaboration, they formed the
network for women in International Federations in Lausanne.
WSI Executive Committee member Johanna Adriaanse (Vescio) joined
them at the meeting in which several exciting plans were developed.
To download the report, click
|May 19, 2007
Equity in Sport for Social Change
for Social Change in Casablanca
More than 25.000 women and girls crossed the finish line of
the ‘Course Feminine’, a 10k run organized by Olympic
Champion Nawal El Moutawakel in Casablanca, Morocco on 19 May
2007. WSI member Anita White was one of 50 international delegates,
who participated in the run and the four-day conference on Gender
Equity in Sport for Social Change. Anita is one of the experts
of WSI’s new taskforce on international development and
|May 22, 2007
||National Women’s Games
The 2nd National
Women’s Games will be held from 1-9 June 2007 in Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia. It is expected that 2500 women will participate
in 12 sports.A special feature of the games is the focus on
women as coaches and officials. More...
|May 22, 2007
About time! Senate inquiry
into women in sport and recreation in Australia
The Australian Senate called for an
inquiry into women in sport and recreation in Australia in
March 2006. It is significant that it was a bipartisan inquiry
which indicates that all political parties acknowledged that
things were not “quite right” in women’s
sport. The final report, aptly titled “About time!”
contains 18 recommendations. More...
Adopts Concensus Statement on “SEXUAL HARASSMENT &
ABUSE IN SPORT”
The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee
(IOC) has adopted a Consensus Statement on “Sexual Harassment
and Abuse in Sport” . This unique document defines the
problems, identifies the risk factors and provides guidelines
for prevention and resolution. The aim of the Consensus is
to improve the health and protection of athletes through the
promotion of effective preventive policy as well as to increase
the awareness of these problems among the people in the entourage
of the athletes. To download the media release and Concensus
here. (.pdf, 120 KB)
WSI was well represented in the development of this statement,
by Kari Fasting and Celia Brackenridge. The group developing
the statement was chaired by Professor Arne Ljungqvist, IOC
Member and Chairman of the IOC Medical Commission (MC), and
coordinated by Margo Mountjoy M.D., Member of the IOC MC.
Programme consultants included sports sociologist and former
national coach Celia Brackenridge of the UK, and former athlete
and President of Women’s Sport International, Professor
Kari Fasting of Norway.
To see the WSI Position Statement on Sexual Harassment and
Abuse of Girls and Women in Sport, click
Feedback: Feb 28, 2007
Dear Professor Kari,
I would like to congratulate you for the IOC consensus statement
on sexual harassment and abuse in sport.
Through this declaration, the IOC will be establishing all
the guidelines for the International federations of all sports,
including our IJF (International Judo Federation), to follow.
|Jan 15, 2007
||Thank you from Cambodia -
Women's Sport International Gets Rolling with the CNVLD
The CNVLD is proud to announce the sponsorship
of six Angkor II Racing Wheelchairs, to be provided to the first
CNVLD All-Women Racing Wheelchair Team by Women's Sport International.
Sports Equipment - Africa Youth Ministries Uganda
The following letter, recently received
by WomenSport International, illustrates the power of sport
to improve the lives of children who have lost so much. If
your school or organization has some equipment to donate to
these young people, please contact Mr. Kunihira directly.
To: The International Director,
Women Sport International
On behalf of Africa Youth Ministries Uganda, I am writing
this mail to request for netball items i.e. uniforms, balls,
sports canvas, netball rings. More...
|Dec. 3 2006
|| UN International Day for
Persons with a Disability: Cambodian Wheelchair
Racers Take Phnom Penh by Storm
In celebration of International Day
for Persons with a Disability, the five CNVLD Wheelchair Racing
Teams made a striking impression in Phnom Penh during the three
major events over the weekend of 2-3 December 2006 with determined
performances that set the standard for the upcoming 2007 National
Wheelchair Racing League Competition. For full details, click
here to download the story. (.doc 3 MB)
||Malaysian Minister joins
welcomes Dato’ Azalina Othman Said, Minister for Youth
and Sport in Malaysia, to its membership. In recognition of
her outstanding contribution to women’s sport in Malaysia
Dato’ Azalina received a complimentary membership on WSI
at the South East Asia Women in Sport Conference which was held
for the first time on 21-22 September 2006 in Kuala Lumpur.
|Sept. 1, 2006
||Network to Further Women
in Sport Holds Inaugural Meeting at ITTF Headquarters
A `Think Tank’ to help promote
the presence of women in sport held its first meeting at the
offices of the International Table Tennis Federation in Lausanne,
Switzerland on Friday 1st September 2006. More...
| August 2006
The Unit for Physical Education and Sport is currently preparing
a DVD to promote UNESCO's actions in the field of sport and
help raise funds for future projects. For this purpose, we are
trying to collect photographic/audiovisual material related
to sporting activities, particularly in developing countries.
||Cambodian Wheelchair Racing
Programme - Women on the Move
The Cambodian National Volleyball League
(Disabled) or CNVLD, in acknowledgement that wheelchair sports
development has been neglected in Cambodia, seeks to develop
and implement a program of wheelchair sporting and recreational
activities with a focus on the participation of women and children.
The CNVLD will implement a targeted promotional Campaign called
"Women on the Move" in order to encourage the participation
of women in wheelchair clubs and the competition programs. More...
||WSI at the World Conference
on Women and Sport in Kumomoto, Japan
International played a key role in the 4th World Conference
on Women and Sport which took place in Kumamoto, Japan from
11-14 May 2006 under the auspices of the International Working
Group on Women and Sport (IWG). More...
Right To Play SportWorks
and SportHealth Projects - Volunteers needed
Applications are currently being accepted for International
Volunteers to undertake one-year contracts as Project Coordinators
and Communications Coordinators with Right To Play SportWorks
and SportHealth Projects in Africa and South-East Asia. Volunteer
Training will take place in Toronto, Canada in the second
half of June 2006. Departure for field projects will occur
between July 2006 and December 2006.
- SportWorks Project Coordinators in Chad must be able
to work in a challenging rural environment with very basic
- SportHealth Project and Communications Coordinator positions
in Mozambique require Portuguese language skills.
For further details, please visit the Right To Play website
or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hardcopy recruitment materials are also available. Please
write to email@example.com
to request these.
Cameroon Announces Women
and Sport as Focus for 2006 More…
Nigeria announces plans
to continue celebration of the International Year of Sport
and Physical Education.
A huge congratulations to the Turin Organising Committee of
the Olympic Games for selecting eight WOMEN to bring the Olympic
flag into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the 2006
Olympic Winter Games. It was interesting to note that these
women representing all continents, have made outstanding contributions
not only in the sporting domain but also to culture and peace.
Federation of Skiing President says Women’s Ski Jumping
too dangerous – may not be added to Olympic Program
With the focus of many athletes and sports enthusiasts around
the world being focused on Torino Italy and the Winter Olympic
Games, female ski jumpers are wishing they too could be competing.
However, their international federation has not yet requested
the inclusion of their event for the Olympic Games. In fact,
the FIS president has indicated ‘ski jumping is just too
dangerous for women’. More…
||UN Secretary-General highlights
sport’s vital role at World Economic Forum
For the first time, the prestigious
gathering of world leaders in Davos, Switzerland, brought together
leaders from the world of sport to discuss sport’s role
in improving the state of the world and plan new initiatives.
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan highlighted sport’s contributions
to development and peace at a media lunch on 25 January on the
impact of sports in the world. Sport is “a global language,
capable of bridging social, cultural and religious divides,
he said, and “a powerful tool for fostering understanding,
tolerance and peace.” The UN is using sport as a tool
in its work to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),
Mr. Annan noted, “from education, to the advancement of
women and girls...
||Cameroon Announces Women
and Sport as Focus for 2006 More…
||Nigeria announces plans to
continue celebration of the International Year of Sport and
Convention on the Right and Dignity of People with Disabilities
Jessica Anderson, a representative
from the United Nations Convention on the Right and Dignity
of People with Disabilities contacted us recently because a
change was made in a resolution regarding the right for individuals
to sport that eliminates the protection of women and girls.
The Women's Sports Foundation has already given our initial
support for the efforts that Jessica has underway. More...
Year of Sport and Physical Education 2005
The year 2005 had been declared the
International Year of Sport and Physical Education (IYSPE 2005)
by the United Nations. The United Nations are now preparing
a final report about the IYSPE 2005 and are looking for reports
on activities and events. More...
||Seminar to Celebrate “International
Year of Sport & Physical Education 2005”
Prof. Dr. Akhlaq Ahmed. Pro-Vice Chancellor,
(University of Karachi) was The Chief Guest of closing ceremony
of the Seminar on International Year of Sport and Physical Education-2005
held in Karachi, Pakistan on 9th December 2005. He addressed
the delegates of the Seminar and said that the celebration of
the International year of Sport & Physical Education-2005
is symbol of our participation in the Universal community. More...
|Dec 6, 2005
||2nd Magglingen Conference:
Call for greater commitment from all players
Over 400 participants from 70 countries
at the 2nd Magglingen Conference on Sport and Development in
Magglingen, Switzerland, adopted a Call to Action today, resolving
to use sport to improve the quality of education and health,
eradicate poverty, and foster peace and tolerance.
Download the Call
to Action .doc 143 KB | Download the Press
release .doc 158 KB
|Nov 4-5, 2005
|| “Mediterranean Culture
and Women in Sport”
Thessaloniki, Greece, 4-5 November, 2005, For more information,
||IOC Medical Commission focus
on the health of athletes
the health of the athlete is the primary goal of the International
Olympic Committee’s Medical Commission (IOC MC). Recently
two Consensus Conferences of interest to WSI members were convened
at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The results of the Conferences: 1. The effect of the Female
Athlete Triad on the health and performance of the female athlete,
and 2. Training the Elite Child Athlete can be found at: www.olympic.org/uk/organisation/commissions/medical/index_uk.asp.
The 2005 election for WSI officers and
Board of Directors has been completed. The following women have
been elected by mail vote to fill the open positions of Officers
and Board of Directors.
President: Kari Fasting, - Norway
Vice President: Barbara Drinkwater - USA
Member at Large: Johanna Anja Vescio –
Board of Directors:
Chantal Amade-Escot – France
Phyllis Berck – Canada
Stilani Chroni – Greece
Takako Iida – Japan
Marcia Oxley – Barbados
Chris Shelton – USA
Notice to the Membership
It is time for the 2005 WSI elections and the procedures are
in place for the nomination process:
Offices Open for Nomination:
- Member-at-large, Executive Committee
- Advisory Board (5 positions)
Nominations for these positions are welcome. Details...
|June 8 -11, 2005
||1st International Sports
Psychology Conference -
“Exploring the Multifacet dimensions
in exercise and sports psychology”, Nigeria June 8 -11,
|June 8, 2005
||At a Soccer Match, Women
Kick Iran's Ban to the Curb
June 8 -- One of the victories scored at Azadi Stadium on Wednesday
evening was Iran's soccer triumph over the island nation of
Bahrain, a win that guaranteed Iran a slot in next year's World
Cup tournament and set off dancing in the streets of the capital.
Another sort of victory came about 90 minutes before the game,
when a crowd of female soccer fans pushed their way past guards
outside the stadium. More...
||UN Millennium Project Task
Force 3 on Education and Gender Equality reports are
now downloadable. For details, click
Fasting is honored with the 2005 Darlene A. Kluka Women's
Sports and Physical Activity Research Award
The Women's Sports Foundation paid tribute
to Dr. Kari Fasting
of Oslo, Norway by presenting her
with the Darlene A. Kluka Women’s Sports and Physical
Activity Research Award More...
||Statement on Transgendered
The Executive Committee of WomenSport
International has been asked, through its member on the IOC
Medical Commission Medical and Scientific Working Group, to
support the Medical Commission proposed policy on Transgendered
Athlete participation. More...
||III World conference on women
and sport: recommendations
from the IOC web site. Details...
||WSI Position Statement:
Sexual Harassment and
Abuse of Girls and Women in Sport. More...
|July 12 2004
At the upcoming 49th Session of the
Commission on the Status of Women from February 28 -March
11, 2005, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the fourth
world conference on women in Beijing by reexamining the Platform
for Action (BPfA) and its Outcome Documents produced at the
General Assembly Special Session in 2000(also known as Beijing
+5). To make certain that we have as comprehensive a picture
as possible prior to the 10th year review of what is presently
going on globally to implement the BPfA we ask that you complete
a questionnaire prepared by the UN Division for the Advancement
of Women. Bani Dugal, Chair, NGO Committee on the Status of
Women, Principal Representative to the United Nations More...
|November 20, 2003
Congress of Womens Golf to debut in 2004
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.
Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA)
Commissioner Ty M. Votaw today announced the creation of the
first-ever World Congress of Womens Golf, a landmark
event featuring worldwide industry leaders focused on the
advancement of womens professional golf. The inaugural
staging of the World Congress of Womens Golf will be
May 20-22, 2004, in New York City during the Sybase Classic
presented by Lincoln Mercury, which will be played in nearby
New Rochelle, N.Y. More...
|November 9, 2003
from WomenSport International to the IWG meeting in London
8-9 Nov. 2003
|November 5, 2003
on Sport a Major Step Forward, Commonwealth Games Canada Say
Unanimously passed on Monday in
New York, the UN Resolution proclaims 2005 as the International
Year for Sport and Physical Education; calls upon the UN General
Assembly to urge governments and international sport bodies
to assist developing countries in building capacity in sport
and physical education; recognizes sports contribution
to fostering values that are essential to social cohesion and
intercultural dialogue; urges recognition of the contribution
of sport and physical activity to economic and social development
and the building of sports infrastructures; and encourages the
United Nations to develop strategic partnerships with sports
stakeholders and the private sector. More...
|June 4, 2003
||Call for Papers
- Women's Hockey: Gender
Issues On and Off the Ice
for the Study of Sport and Community Health, Gorsebrook Research
Institute, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
This conference will bring together hockey coaches, administrators,
players, academics, journalists and others interested in women's
hockey and gender issues related to the game. The three day
event will be held March 26-28, 2004 and will coincide with
the opening of the 2004 Women's World Hockey Championships in
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. 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 efforts. More...
|March 30, 2003
first online edition of the ICSSPE Bulletin for members.
|| Women's Sports
Foundation (USA) Statement : Annika Sorenstam Playing in the
PGA and media statistics.
|January 6, 2003
Shulamith Koenig and Betty Reardon of PDHRE Announce PASSPORT
Connecting the 12 areas of concern of the Beijing Platform
for Action, PBFA, to the Human Rights Framework for the fulfillment
of Human Rights of women of all ages, worldwide.
The guide and workbook uses the comprehensive framework of
the BPFA to demonstrate the holistic nature of human rights
as a powerful tool for action in the achievement of full equality,
well being, and participation in the decisions that determine
women's lives. More...
the President's Desk, by Carole Oglesby
Some might wonder if career work, the time spent advocating
for causes is really worthwhile. Certainly life
and family matter most to us all however health, longevity
and quality of life for women are inextricably woven into
the achievement of quality of life for global communities
and the causes of WSI contribute mightily to womens
health and well-being. Surely this matters! More...