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18 June 2016

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir on FIBA, POTUS, Inspiration and Discrimination

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Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir on FIBA, POTUS, Inspiration and Discrimination

Though a ban on headgear, including hijabs, by the International Basketball Federation put Muslim American Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir’s promising basketball career on hold, she continues to inspire young Muslim women to make sports a key part of their lives.

03 August 2016

Moving Beyond Hope: The IOC and Team Refugee

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By Solmaz Abooali

Moving Beyond Hope: The IOC and Team Refugee

For the first time in Olympic history, the world will witness 10 refugee-athletes competing as Team Refugee in the 2016 Rio Games. Given the extent of the refugee crisis, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) aims to send a message of hope to all refugees through the team’s participation in the Olympics.

18 June 2016

Noorena Shams: Team Player and Patriot

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Noorena Shams: Team Player and Patriot

At nineteen years old, Pakistani athlete Noorena Shams Ul Qamar is not only a Junior Olympics silver medalist in cycling, but also excels in cricket and squash. She doesn’t plan to stop there.

03 July 2016

Heavy Lifting: Amna Al Haddad Helps UAE Qualify for Olympics in Weightlifting

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Heavy Lifting: Amna Al Haddad Helps UAE Qualify for Olympics in Weightlifting

In just five years, Amna Al Haddad went from out of shape journalist to international female weightlifter. She helped her country, United Arab Emiirates (UAE) earn a spot in the 2016 Olympics in Rio and has been featured by Nike in its Inner Strength documentary series. Shirzanan interviewed Al Haddad on her hard won success, ambitions and the changing climate for women in sports in the Gulf region.

16 June 2016

Game Changers Inspire Change Agents by Developing Sport for Girls in Kenya, Bangladesh, India and Jordan

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By Nicole Matuska

Game Changers Inspire Change Agents by Developing Sport for Girls in Kenya, Bangladesh, India and Jordan

Four women from around the world embarked on separate journeys to improve the lives of young women in their communities through sports. Their goals were modest but their impact has been profound.   

16 June 2016

Afghan Girls Climb out of Traditional Roles

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By Jessica Wattman

Afghan Girls Climb out of Traditional Roles

One organization is pushing young Aghan girls to new heights, literally, by introducing a generation to mountain climbing. but the challenges, both on and off the mountain, are immense. 

16 June 2016

Dutch designer Cindy van den Bremen:Inspiration behind the Sports Hijab

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Senny Sen [Photo credit: Vincent van den Hoogen]

 

When designer Cindy van den Bremen set out to help one girl who was expelled from her gym class, she did not imagine nearly two decades later her designs would alter how hijabs are viewed by both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

How one designer challenged the conventional view of the hijab and the sporting world:

An interview with Cindy van den Bremen, founder of  Capsters sport hijabs

16 June 2016

Resetting Boundaries for Muslim Females in Sport

Written by Rimla Akhtar, Posted in Articles

Resetting Boundaries for Muslim Females in Sport

Professional sports needs to create a bigger niche for minority women on the playing fields and in leadership. Rimla Akhtar, chair of the UK-based Muslim Women's Sport Foundation explains why.

04 August 2016

A Two-Wheeled Revolution

Written by Shannon Galpin, Posted in Articles

By Shannon Galpin

A Two-Wheeled Revolution

Despite news of ongoing war and a Taliban resurgence in many areas of Afghanistan, groups of young women in that rugged country have been quietly pushing gender boundaries through participation in competitive sports, and, specifically, the unlikely controversy of riding a bike. Though banned in Afghanistan since before the Taliban, biking by women has grown steadily in recent years and the national women’s cycling team draws new recruits every time they train.

23 June 2016

Ibtihaj Muhammad

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"Shirzan in the Spotlight"

Ibtihaj Muhammad

17 June 2016

Girl Power and Sports Participation

Written by Hayam Essam, Posted in Articles

By Hayam Essam

Volunteers and community support the introduction of basketball to underprivileged girls in Cairo, Egypt

17 June 2016

International Bodies and Women's Participation

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Gender Equality in Sports

International Bodies and Women's Participation

Leading governing bodies like the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee have the power and influence to level the playing field and create spaces for female athletes to shine. With female participation in sport still a thorny and explosive issue in many parts of the world, bold measures must be taken in promoting gender parity on a global level.

17 June 2016

Team Win Gold and Support

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Team Win Gold and Support

Not so long ago, the idea of Pakistani women competing in cricket was viewed with scorn and animosity. But nearly two decades of success on the field has popularized women’s cricket in Pakistan today to the point of national adulation. Winning the Asian Games gold medal this year in South Korea gave the team a huge boost, but there remains much work to do to train new players, secure sponsorships and media coverage to lift women’s cricket to the height of men’s in a country that is cricket crazy.

17 June 2016

An Uphill Climb

Written by Fatima Saleem, Posted in Articles

By Fatima Saleem

An Uphill Climb

Female sports reporters must overcome discrimination, stereotypes and bullying.

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