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Dis-Empowering Women Through International Sports?

In a disappointing mirror-image of other efforts to empower women through the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup (see the post: Empowering Women and Girls Through International Sports Exchanges), the Iranian women’s soccer team has gotten caught in the middle of political wrangling.  Here are two different takes on FIFA’s decision to disqualify the Iranian team for attempting to play in hijabs (headscarves):

FIFA Disqualifies Iranian Women’s Soccer Team:

Iran’s women footballers: Let them play (Al Jazeera):

It’s a shame that these women athletes may lose their chance to compete for the World Cup.

June 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Empowering Women and Girls Through International Sports Exchanges

“In the lead-up to the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the kick-off to the 40th anniversary year of Title IX, the U.S. Department of State launched a series of international soccer exchanges to highlight the value of sports in empowering women and girls.”

These exchanges include:

– The Sports Visitor Program, which brought girls’ soccer teams from Bolivia, Germany, Malaysia, Pakistan,the Palestinian Territories, and South Africa to the U.S. to meet and play together

– The Sports Envoy Programs, which sends U.S. Women’s soccer stars, such as Briana Scurry and Amanda Cromwell, abroad to teach soccer skills and provide role models for aspiring women soccer players

– The Women’s Sports Management exchange, which provides education and best-practices sharing for girls’ and womens’ sports programs that “promote leadership, teamwork, respect, self awareness and life skills”

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June 9, 2011 at 10:34 am 1 comment

Indian Policewoman Earns Silver – and a Promotion – at the Commonwealth Games

In a country heavily influenced by traditional gender roles, Soniya Chanu breaks the mold.  She’s not only an inspector in the Uttar Pradesh Police (UPP) force, but also a formidable global competitor in weightlifting.  Soniya’s impressive performance earned India its first medal in this year’s Commonwealth Games, winning the silver (fellow countrywoman Sandhya Rani took bronze).

Delighted UPP officials announced that 30 -year-old Soniya will receive a promotion for her medal effort.  It’s refreshing to see an Indian woman achieving success in a male-dominated profession through sports, particularly a typically male pursuit.  Though Soniya was disappointed not to bring home the gold, it seems clear that her silver was a win for women’s advancement in India.

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October 11, 2010 at 11:44 am 1 comment

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