International Contacts

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European College of Sport Science
The European College of Sport Science is an international non-profit organization founded in Nice, France in 1995. Its purpose is the promotion of science and research, with special attention to the interdisciplinary fields of sport science and sports medicine.

International Platform on Sport & Development
The first International Conference on Sport & Development held between February 16-18, 2003 in Magglingen near Biel/Bienne brought together around 380 representatives from the international political scene, United Nations agencies, national and international sports organizations, the media as well as numerous athletes past and present. The ideas and propositions that were developed during the conference crystallized in the Magglingen Declaration and Recommendations, representing a strong commitment to intensify the use of sport in development cooperation.
The International Platform on Sport & Development provides different actors with a common working platform containing a database of Sport & Development projects worldwide, an agenda of upcoming conferences and events, a listing of both job and volunteer opportunities, an archive, as well as press releases and general information for the public.
Visit their web site at:

The International Olympic Committee Women and Sport Working Group
The IOC President established a "Women and Sport" Working Group in December 1995, to advise him and the Executive Board on related issues. The Working Group, which like all IOC commissions and working groups is only an advisory body, is composed of representatives of the three components of the Olympic Movement (IOC, IFs, NOCs) as well as an athletes’ representative and independent members.
The Chair of the Working Group is Anita L. DEFRANTZ, a member of the IOC.

Global Fund for Women
The Global Fund has been supporting women's human rights groups around the world for 12 years. The total amount The Global fund has given in grants recently passed the $11 million mark! Their web site includes all the information a potential grantee needs to submit an application. It also informs visitors about the grants already funded, their funders, and how the Global Fund operates.

International Working Group on Women and Sport
The IWG is an independent coordinating body consisting of representatives of key government and non-government organisations from all regions of the world. WomenSport International has a representative member on the IWG. The IWG has the over-arching objective of promoting and facilitating the development of opportunities for girls and women in sport and physical activity throughout the world.

The IWG was established in 1994 at the 1st World Conference on Women and Sport held in Brighton, United Kingdom. Subsequent World Conferences have taken place every four years in Windhoek, Nambia (1998), Montreal, Canada (2002), Kumamoto, Japan (2006) and Sydney, Australia (2010).

Currently, the IWG is co-chaired by Ms Raija Mattila and Johanna Adriaanse and based in Finland in preparation for the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport which will be held from 12 - 15 June 2014 in Helsinki. The IWG conferences are recognised as landmark events which raise the profile of women and sport issues, demonstrate commitment to effecting positive change and highlight the host community's contributions to success in this area. Most importantly, well attended world conferences stimulate action at national, regional and international levels.

Its website ( provides a wide variety of information including up-to-date news articles from around the globe, conference information and legacy documents, international events calendar, information on our grant program in partnership with WomenWin, resources in multiple languages and much more.

For further information please contact Ms Kate Laine at the IWG Secretariat:

Womens Sports Jobs
Womens Sports Jobs is an innovative online career center for women seeking careers in sports.

Women in Sports Careers Foundation
Womens in Sports Careers Foundation is dedicated to providing women and girls professional guidance, education and support to pursue and manage sports related careers.

Gay and Lesbian Athletic Foundation.
Last year we held our first international conference. It was a huge success by our standard, drawing in over 350 attendees nationally as well as internationally. We used the first year to gauge where we were and establish the issues, and now this year we have titled the conference "taking on the challenge" as we will look to dive into the issues and establish a plan of action. Details coming soon.

ipl2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. Many of the resources from the UK Social Science Information Gateway have been transferred here after SOSIG closed in 2011. Follow this link to the Social Sciences section
A similar resource on Social Science Resources is:

National Organizations

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Australian Womensport and Recreation Association Inc (AWRA)
The Australian Womensport and Recreation Association Inc (AWRA) is an enthusiastic and dynamic national volunteer association “to provide advocacy and leadership for the progress and facilitation of opportunities for Australian women and girls in and through sport, physical activity and recreation” (Mission Statement).

AWRA was incorporated in July 2005 as a not-for-profit organisation It has received strong support from the state-based women’s sport bodies from around Australia to act as an umbrella body and independent “consumer voice” for girls and women.

AWRA has been successful in receiving federal government project funding from the Office for Women and the Australian Sports Commission. Look at our website: for more information on projects and how to join.

In the first half of 2009 a national leadership training program of one day workshops is being implemented around Australia. This is supported by facts sheets and mentoring, with online support through web modules on leadership on AWRA’s website.

AWRA membership is open to sporting organisations and individuals – both females and male –who support AWRA’s aims. Individuals may join at no cost while the annual fee for organisations is $55 (incl GST).

Contact person:
President : Janice Crosswhite OAM; email

Iran Womensports Federation
To promote and improve women's roles in sport fields and events as a basic goal ; covers different women's sport activities all around the country and in international levels .
To get more informations on news , structure, and the number of women participating in different sport fields the web site ( ) is available in English .
Contact: Tahereh Taherian Deputy president of physical education organization in charge of womensport affairs (I.R.IRAN) and the president of Iran womensports federation.

Japanese Association of Women in Sport
JAWS is a non-profit organization whose major mission is to create a more gender equitable society by means of sport. In order to achieve our major mission, special attention will be first given to promote women's participation in sport and to increase the number of oppotunities for women's leadership. Further, by enhancing the quality of and improving the status of women in sport, we will strive for enhancing the quality of and improving the status of women in society.

Japan Society for Sport and Gender Studies
JSSGS was founded in June 2002. Our mission is to "achieve gender equality and impartiality in sport" and to "build a gender biased-free sport culture," and to achieve those goals we hold periodical conferences; publish research journals; and release information on our webpage. (revised July 2006)

Pakistan Association For Women Sport

See the WSI Advocacy section for details on the Pakistan Association for Women Sport.

Among the goals of the association:

  • Promote the importance of sports as mean for bridging cross-culture difference and conflict and engendering attitude, which enhance cooperation, peace and development in the country and internationally.
  • Provide an opportunity to learn more and discuss about common issue particularly women in sports and their participation in decision-making level.
  • Promote others to the development need of Pakistan particularly those relating to young women.

The Executive Committee of Pakistan Association of Women Sport

Mrs. Rizwana Arshad, President
Mrs. Farzana Javed, Vice President
Mrs. Rahat Khanum, Secretary General
Mrs. Majida Hameed, Deputy Secretary General
Mr. Noushad Ahmed Khan, Chief Executive
Mr. Abdul Karim Mughal, Director Development

2nd Floor, C-2 Shazco House, Block 13/A
Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi. Pakistan
Tel: 9221-4963877
Fax: 4968577

Women's Sports and Fitness Foundation Malaysia (WSFFM)
WSFFM is an organization devoted towards the empowerment of women through sports and fitness. The Foundation has pursued this goal from 1995 along with our humble quest to enlighten women on the significance of sports and fitness as a national agenda. The WSFFM is the first non-governmental organization (NGO) in Malaysia to be affiliated with the National Council of Women's Organization (NCWO).

The membership drive campaign, which serves as a true testimony of women solidarity in sport and fitness has acquired thousands of members and the number keeps increasing rapidly. The Foundation has been conducting a wide spectrum of projects ranging from sports for all to fitness and high performance sports. In 2005, the Foundation organized jointly with the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS), the National Sports Council (NSC) and the National Sports Associations (NSA) the first National Women's Games (NWG). In addition it has organized a women's coaching convention with eminent international speakers, 4x4 Woman Challenge, Power Walk Series, Young Woman's Health Seminar, annual Aerobics Convention, the annual National Aerofit Challenge, and National and International Women’s Sports and Fitness Conventions which involved both local and international participants.

The patron of WSFFM, YB Dato' Sri Azalina Dato' Othman Said, is a leader with distinction, inspiring and truly sincere in making a difference in women's life. It's indeed an honour for the Foundation to have the first woman Minister of Youth and Sports as our Chairperson. The Foundation strives at continuing its sincere efforts to empower women, foster friendships, to achieve peace and solidarity among the community through sports.


Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity
CAAWS is a national advocacy organization in Canada whose mission is the ensure that girls and women in sport and physical activity have access to a complete range of opportunities and choices and have equity as participants and leaders.

Promotion Plus (Canada)
Promotion Plus is a provincial umbrella organization representing girls and women in physical activity and sport in British Columbia, Canada It is housed in the B.C. Administrative Centre for Sport and Recreation in Vancouver and works closely with Sport B.C. and other provincial sport and recreation organizations. Their current active network is approximately 1,900 individuals and organizations. The vision of Promotion Plus is to ensure that all girls and women in physical activity and sport in the province of British Columbia have access to a complete range of choices and opportunities; have equity as participants, competitors and leaders; and become fully participatory and actualize their potential.

The Women's Sports Foundation (United States)
The WSF in the United States is a national non-profit, educational, member based organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing sports and fitness experience for all girls and women. At their site, you'll find many documents on topics and issues in women's sports, information on over 70 different sports, biographies of over 100 champion female athletes, and how to apply for $250,000 in grants. You will also find a Girl's Sport and Fitness Zone, a Women's Sports World, and a Women's Fitness World. The WSF is also online with America Online.


The Women's Sports Foundation (United Kingdom)
The WSF in the is the only organisation in the UK that is solely committed to improving and promoting opportunities for women and girls in sport at every level. Their vision is: "To pursue and promote equity for women in and through sport." The WSF recognises, however, that women and girls are not all the same and that sport is an area where women and girls still face a range of different barriers to participation. The WSF is a registered charity with five key aims:

  1. increase awareness about the issues surrounding women and girls involvement in sport;
  2. support women and girls to become involved in sport at all levels and in all capacities;
  3. encourage organisations to improve access to sporting opportunities for women and girls;
  4. challenge instances of inequality in sport and seek to bring about change; and
  5. raise the visibility of all British Sportswomen.

The Israeli organization for Physical Education & Sport for Girls and Women, is affiliated with both WSI and the International Association of Physical Education & Sport for Girls & Women. It was established in 1980, with a membership of approximately 50 (all women), consisting of past and present ranked female athletes, academicians in various areas of sports and physical education teachers. The organization is voluntary and self financed.
Contact - Dr. Sima Zach:

The Hellenic Union for Promoting Women in Sport and Physical Activity P.E.P.G.A.S) was founded in 1994, by a group of women working in the field of Sport and Physical Education. P.E.P.G.A.S is a national voluntary organization and its office is located in Thessaloniki.
Contact -Yvonne Harahousou, Greece:

Other Organizations

Title IX
This site serves as a public service, informational campaign designed to educate the public about Title IX. Simply stated, Title IX is a law passed in the United States in 1972 that requires gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program that receives US federal funding.
Many people have never heard of Title IX. Most people who know about Title IX think it applies only to sports, but athletics is only one of 10 key areas addressed by the law. These areas are: Access to Higher Education, Career Education, Education for Pregnant and Parenting Students, Employment, Learning Environment, Math and Science, Sexual Harassment, Standardized Testing and Technology. (Click below to go to their website.)



PonyTail Sports (Michigan, USA)
Providing resources and information on Women's and Girls sports and the opportunities for female athletes to participate in sports throughout Michigan.





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