In Iran, a Women’s Soccer Revolution

By: Bill Spindle; Originally Posted on The Wall Street Journal 

Women, and women’s sports, still face stiff winds of resistance in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Hard-liners supported by the highest echelons of government oppose women even watching the country’s most popular sport, much less playing it in public. But quietly, there is something of a women’s soccer revolution going on here. And one of its leaders, of all people, is an Iranian-American. Read More...

Help CREA Advance SRHR of Young Girls in India!

By: Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver

Women Deliver knows the positive ripple effect that occurs when the world invests in girls – an investment that must include access to sport. Sport programs provide a safe space where girls can learn, grow, and prosper. That’s why we are excited to spread awareness of an exciting new campaign. Read More...


#GirlsCan Campaign Scores For Health at the FIFA Women’s World Cup

By: Anna Dirksen, PSI Consulation; Originally Posted on PSI

The United States faces off against Japan this Sunday in the long awaited final round of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. With both teams ranked in the top four before heading into the tournament, there’s no telling which country will walk away victorious. The only sure winner this weekend will be a team of players who will never actually step onto the pitch: #GirlsCan. Read More...

Girls’ Participation in Sports: What We Know and What We Need to Know

By: Martha Brady, Population Council 

This month Canada is hosting the largest and most diverse Women’s World Cup tournament in history. With 24 teams (up from 16 in 2011), hundreds of players, and tens of thousands of fans from across the globe, the 2015 Women’s World Cup clearly illustrates the extraordinary growth in women’s sports. In addition to the expected teams from Europe, England, Canada, the United States, Japan, China, and Australia, exciting and powerful teams from low and middle income countries have been performing on this world stage. Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, Korea, among others, have played to record crowds in stadiums throughout Canada. Read More...

When #GirlsCan Play, Everybody Wins!

By: Brittany Tatum, Women Deliver

Since the start of the seventh FIFA Women’s World Cup on 5 June in Canada, there has been a definite buzz around women in sports. Much of the conversation has been targeted towards the lack of coverage and funding women’s sports receives on a global scale. Women Deliver knows the positive ripple effect that occurs when the world invests in girls – an investment that must include access to sport.

Sports programs provide a safe space where girls can learn, grow, and prosper. Even more, sport programs can serve as a powerful platform to connect girls and adolescents with vital information, skills, and strategies needed to tackle health risks and creative positive changes in their lives, particularly related to sexual and reproductive health. Read More...

#GirlsCan Campaign Kicks Off with FIFA Women’s World Cup to Empower Girls in Sports

By Marinella Matejcic; Originally posted on Global Voices 

As the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada started kicked off on June 6, a number of organizations joined forces in launching the #GirlsCan advocacy campaign. Women Deliver, UNICEF, Right to Play, GAIN and One Goal are using the FIFA as a backdrop to raise awareness of how sports can positively influence girls’ lives and call for more research and funding for girls’ sports. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Girls on the Run for a Better World

By: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver

Running will always be yours,” my Cross Country coach told me back in high school. “Anytime, anywhere you are, you can lace up your shoes and go.” In my own life, I’ve seen firsthand how running on a cross country team transformed me from a quiet, insecure girl to one with confidence, purpose, and a sense of peace. Running helped me to manage stress, and left me feeling proud of what I could accomplish with just my own two feet. Read more...



Celebrate Solutions: Transforming Gender Norms Through Soccer and Sports (wo)manship in Cambodia

By: Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver

There has never been a timelier occasion to highlight the impact that soccer (or football, or fútbol) has on individuals, communities, and nations than the World Cup. The sport can unify and empower, and provides a platform for  global dialogue about teamwork, leadership, and comradery. But community soccer clubs for girls can be wrought with complexity as they defy deeply engrained gender norms and challenge the status quo.

The Salt Academy, an organization based in Cambodia working to develop young leaders through a sustainable community-based football league, has a program for girls called Mighty Girls, designed to respond to this exact challenge and combat trafficking into forced labor. Read more...

Women Deliver at the Sports for Development Conference 2014

This past weekend, Women Deliver’s Special Project Manager, Joanna Hoffman, attended and spoke at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) One Goal Sports for Development Conference. Hoffman spoke about Women Deliver’s work to advocate for investments in the health and rights of girls and women, and moderated two sessions on Maternal Health and Nutrition and on HIV/AIDS.

Speakers in these sessions included the UNAIDS Country Director for Vietnam, Dr. Kristan Schoultz; the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Singapore Office Director, Dr. Regina Moench-Pfanner; and former Women Deliver conference attendees Indu Capoor of the Center for Health, Education and Nutrition Awareness (CHETNA), Aiza Baldonado of Y-PEER, and Women Deliver Young Leader Shreejana Bajracharya of the Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum. Read more...


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