Posts tagged ‘women and sports’

Counterpoint: “Saudi women going to Games is a sham” @SAISHopkins #olympics #hwhtw

Much has been made (including by HWHTW – see: News: “Saudi Arabia To Send Olympic Women Athletes For First Time”) of the gender  milestones reached with the 2012 Olympics: more women athletes than men, and  female participants from every participating country, including Saudi Arabia.  Jocelyne Cesari, a professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, argues that the presence of female Saudi athletes at the Olympics does not signify a big step forward for Saudi women:

“But if [judo competitor Wojdan] Shaherkani had withdrawn, it would not have been a setback for Saudi women because her inclusion was not a sign of advancement. The presence of Saudi women is the result of several months of pressure by the International Olympics Committee on Saudi Arabia to include women competitors or face being banned from participation.

“The situation for female athletes in Saudi Arabia is bleak.

“Saudi women in general are denied the right to practice sports. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that prevents girls from taking part in sports in government schools. Physical education is allowed only in private schools. Women are not allowed to play in official sports clubs or even watch matches in stadiums. Girls’ football, volleyball and basketball games in private schools and colleges are held secretly.”

Read the full article: http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/01/opinion/cesari-saudi-women-sports/index.html

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August 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm 1 comment

News: “Saudi Arabia To Send Olympic Women Athletes For First Time” @DonnaAN1 #olympics #hwhtw

Saudi Arabia To Send Olympic Women Athletes For First Time

By Bob Bensch and Donna Abu-Nasr

Saudi Arabia will send female athletes to the Olympic Games for the first time, the International Olympic Committee said, ending a ban by the kingdom where women aren’t allowed to drive.

Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani will compete in judo at the London Games and Sarah Attar will run the 800 meters. The athletes, who were invited by the IOC, were submitted by the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee before the July 9 deadline, the IOC said. The Saudis had previously sent all-male teams.

“This is very positive news and we are delighted to welcome these two athletes in London in a few weeks’ time,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said in a statement on the governing body’s website.

Read the full article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-12/saudi-arabia-to-send-women-athletes-to-olympics-for-first-time.html

July 12, 2012 at 11:17 am 2 comments

Be the Change: “Empower Girls Through Football In A Slum In India” @realitygives @YuwaFootball #hwhtw

Reality Gives and YUWA are raising funds for a girls’ football program in the infamous Dharavi slum in Mumbai – the setting of Slumdog Millionaire.  (I visited Reality’s community center and school in Dharavi last year and was impressed with their work.)  Check out this video telling the story of how soccer changed one girl’s life for the better!

Watch the video: 

Learn more and donate to the project: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/football-for-girls-empowerment/

June 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm 1 comment

“Afghan girls throw punches, aim for Olympic gold” @Reuters #hwhtw

Great story about Afghan girls fighting – literally! – for empowerment.

Afghan girls throw punches, aim for Olympic gold

By Agnieszka Flak and Hassib Sadat

KABUL | Mon Jan 2, 2012 2:00am EST

(Reuters) – Teenage Afghan sisters Shabnam and Sadaf Rahimi are taking the fight for women’s rights more literally than most of their peers, throwing punches in a ring as members of their country’s first team of female boxers…

“It was my dream to become a boxer. At first my father did not agree with me. He said girls should not be boxing,” 18 year-old Sadaf told Reuters, out of breath from punching the bag. “After I got my first medal, he changed his mind.”

Read the full story here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/02/us-afghanistan-boxing-idUSTRE80104320120102

January 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Video: “Peru: A League of Their Own”

According to this video from Al Jazeera, “Football is helping the women of the Andes find a political voice and fight the effects of climate change.”

“We were the first to organise activities for women of this community. We were the first women to play football in this place. Nobody had ever thought of it before. But they all came to play and haven’t stopped ever since.”
Read more and watch the video: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness/2011/08/201181762344708494.html

September 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

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: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/09/137089323/fifa-disqualifies-iranian-womens-soccer-team

Iran’s women footballers: Let them play (Al Jazeera): http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/06/201169102929334632.html

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”

Read more: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2011/06/165051.htm

June 9, 2011 at 10:34 am 1 comment


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