U.S. Department of State's Women's World Cup Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Hosts International Sports Administrators

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 3, 2011

As part of the U.S. Department of State’s Women’s World Cup Initiative: Empowering Women and Girls through Sports, five women’s sports administrators from Bolivia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Palestinian Territories, and South Africa will meet with their American counterparts from civil society, the private sector, academic institutions, and government to discuss ways to work together to empower women and girls throughout the world. From June 4-14, the international sports administrators will travel to New York City, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program. 

With an emphasis on the administration of women’s and girls’ soccer programs, the International Visitors will exchange ideas and best practices in the management of sports and recreational programs with their American counterparts. They will examine how athletic programs for women and girls promote leadership, teamwork, respect, self awareness and life skills, and how sports and recreation programs can make a positive impact on at-risk and underserved youth.

Now in its 70th year, The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ International Visitor Leadership Program is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Every year, this program brings approximately 5,200 current and emerging leaders to the United States from around the world for professional engagement with U.S. peers and for firsthand experience of American society and culture. 

Talley Sergent, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State
(202) 632-6043

PRN: 2011/904