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WSF to Participate in 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

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For the ninth consecutive year, the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) will present on a panel during the 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. WSF, along with other sport organizations, will engage in an interactive discussion on eliminating barriers to women’s economic advancement in sport. Key topics will be posed, attendees will rotate among three topical areas of their choosing and final sharing will point the way to further action.

The main theme this year is women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. In regions, countries, communities around the world, sport engages commerce and economic development. This fact holds true for long developed and developing areas. If women continue to be ‘locked out culturally’ of the marketplace relating to sport, they will be locked out in comprehensive ways.

This event is open to the public and members of the media; no registration required.


Date: March 21, 2017

Time: 12:30 p.m.

Location: Church Center of the United Nations, Boss Room,
777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017

Title: Eliminating Barriers to Women’s Economic Advancement in Sport

Description: Four key organizations involved in research and advocacy for women and sport have banded together for years to engage the global women’s community in common effort in sport. Our program this year, facilitated by WomenSport International (WSI), Women’s Sports Foundation, International Working Group (IWG) and American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), will be interactive. Key topics will be posed and attendees will rotate among three topical areas of their choice, with final sharing pointing the way to further action. Topics include: Identifying and eliminating barriers to women’s professional advancement in sport coaching; sport organizational systems; in research and sport medicine; safe spaces in global communities.

Moderator – Carole Oglesby, WSF International Policy & Program Advisor
WSI – Diane Huffman and Chris Shelton
WSF – Dr. Marj Snyder, Senior Director, Research & Programs
IWG Representative
ACSM Representative

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