Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative

In February 2012, the U.S. Department of State announced a global effort to engage women and girls through sports.

Asst. Secretary Evan Ryan Participates in UN Foundation Girl Up Panel

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The United Nations Foundation along with their Girl Up campaign will host a Google+ Virtual Panel Wednesday, June 11 at 11am ET to discuss the question: "How can international sports help drive the global dialogue about empowering girls and women and promoting gender equality?" In addition to Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan, other panelists include Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Rebecca Soni, Girl Up Teen Advisor Carly Bandt, and Girl Up Director and Panel Moderator Melissa Hillbrenner.


About the Initiative

In February 2012, the U.S. Department of State announced a global effort to engage women and girls through sports. The Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative mobilizes all of the U.S. Department of State’s international sports programming, from Sports Envoys traveling overseas to international Sports Visitors traveling to the United States, to increase the number of women and girls worldwide who are involved in sports. A cornerstone of this initiative is the creation of the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program that will connect emerging women leaders from across the globe with their leading American women in sports. Sports diplomacy builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power,” which embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools – in this case sports – to bring people together and foster greater understanding.