U.S. and Pakistan Sport and Girls Empowerment Exchange

Women Win, in partnership with the United States Department of State and the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, has developed a program that aims to provide opportunities for adolescent girls in Pakistan to empower themselves and exercise their rights to and through sport. Over the course of two years, we will work with:

  • U.S. and Pakistani sport and social change organizations
  • young leaders in sport
  • media practitioners in both countires

Together, we will build the leadership of sport and social change practitioners in Pakistan, provide organizations the means to improve their capacity to address gender equity through sport and increase exposure for their gender equity and sport programs.

Women Win kicked off Phase 1 of the program by co-hosting, with program partner Right to Play Pakistan, a Girl Power Through Sport workshop in April 2017. The workshop brought together six sport for social change and gender equity practitioners from the U.S. and 40 executive directors/program managers from Pakistani sport for social change organizations working with or interested in working with girls. The four-day workshop provided U.S. and Pakistani organizations an opportunity to share promising practices related to sport as a strategy for adolescent girls’ rights and gender equity. 

In addition, U.S. participants were a part of a sport event for youth in Islamabad in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy, under the theme of gender equity. Lastly, the trip included four days of site visits for U.S. practitioners to various sport for development programs in Karachi and Islamabad. 

Meet the U.S. Envoys

Elizabeth Nye, Executive Director
Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest (http://www.girlsincpnw.org/)

Elizabeth Nye is the current Executive Director of Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, which has been providing programming to girls, ages 6-18, in the greater Portland area since 1998. The national network of Girls Inc. organizations serve 125,000 girls, ages 6-18, annually across the U.S. and Canada. All Girls Inc. programs are designed to empower girls with the skills, tools, and self-confidence they need to become leaders in their communities, learn to use their voices for change, and grow into economically-independent women.

A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Elizabeth started her career at Population Services International (PSI) in Washington, DC. While there, she worked on a variety of social marketing projects for malaria prevention, clean water and HIV/AIDS prevention. Elizabeth earned a Master’s of International Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in 2001. Most recently, Ms. Nye served as the Vice President of Community Relations at Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest. Prior to this she served as the Executive Director of Marathon Education Partners, a Portland-based non-profit that seeks to improve low-income children’s awareness of and access to college.


Carol Bowar, Executive Director
Girls Athletic Leadership Schools Denver (http://www.galschools.org/)

Carol is the current Executive Director at the Girls Athletic Leadership Schools Denver, which includes The Boys School of Denver. GALS, public schools serving middle school and high school girls (and now piloting with boys), builds on the inherent capacity of students to become engaged as lifelong learners through self-expression grounded in mind/body development. GALS empowers girls to succeed academically, lead confidently, live boldly, and thrive physically.

Most recently Carol served as the COO of KIPP Colorado Schools, was the Director of Curriculum and Career Services at GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, and a consultant for the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Carol was President & CEO of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, and prior served as Vice President, Program Services.  Additional past positions include; Director of Training, Education and Community Service Programs at Up with People, Policy Assistant for the Governor’s Office (Roy Romer, CO), Field Director at KaBoom!, and Program Officer for the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation. Carol received her Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and her Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Jessica Lopez, Program Manager, Chicago
Up2Us Sports (http://up2us.org/)

Jessica Lopez is the current Program Manager for Up2Us Sports, a non-profit and nationwide leader in sports-based youth development. Up2Us Sports harnesses the power of sports to reduce youth violence, promote health, and inspire academic success for kids in every community. Up2Us Sports uses research, training, and on-the-ground initiatives to empower sports programs across the country to become a united force for meaningful change.

Jess graduated from The George Washington University in 2011 with a degree in Psychology and background in camp programming and informal education. While working as a part of the community outreach team for a children's museum, she developed a passion for youth development and working with youth in underserved communities. Prior to joining Up2Us Sports in April 2015, she worked as the Manager of Scholar Programming for an out-of-school time organization for middle school youth in Washington, DC and Assistant Manager of Visitor Services for a children's museum. Currently, Jess oversees the programs and operations for Up2Us Sports, Chicago.


Justine Siegal, Founder and Executive Director
Baseball For All (www.baseballforall.com)

Justin Siegal is the founder and executive director of Baseball For All, a non-profit that fosters, encourages, and provides opportunities for girls to participate in baseball. Baseball For All teaches players, parents, and supporters to start teams, leagues, and tournaments of their own. The program works on giving girls the resources needed to participate in the sport whether it means becoming a player, coach, umpire, or filling other baseball roles in hopes that other communities will extend their baseball programs to girls.

Baseball For All has been featured in hundreds of media outlets including the Queen Latifah Show, Newsweek, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Ms. Magazine, espnW, MLB.com, and the New York Times. Justine is the first woman to coach for a Major League Baseball organization (Oakland Athletics, 2015) and to throw batting practice to an MLB team (2011). She received her PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Springfield College.


Vivian Santora, President/CEO
PowerPlay NYC (http://www.powerplaynyc.org/)

Vivian Santora is the President/CEO of PowerPlay NYC, a non-profit organization that advances the lives of girls in New York City, helping them grow physically, emotionally and academically stronger.

Prior to joining PowerPlay NYC, Vivian worked extensively in fundraising, politics, and government affairs in New York, Boston, and Washington, DC. She worked on President Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate race, re-election campaign and leadership PAC, government affairs for Cablevision, the Girl Scouts of the USA and Women's World Banking. In 2005, she started her own consulting company, providing strategic advice and fundraising, event management, and government affairs for public and private sector clients. Vivian graduated from American University in 1997 with a Master's in Public Administration and a focus in public policy. In addition to earning an MPA, Vivian also holds a bachelor's in both English and Women's Studies from The University at Buffalo.


Elizabeth Tumiel, Program Director
Girls in the Game (https://www.girlsinthegame.org/)

Elizabeth Tumiel is the Program Director at Girls in the Game, an organization that provides sports, health and leadership programming to girls across Chicago. A licensed Clinical Social Worker, she brings a social work lens to their mission of empowering girls by assuring that the work is systems based and strengths focused.

Elizabeth is dedicated to advancing the development of the social work field. She runs an internship program at Girls in the Game and is an adjunct professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work. Elizabeth is heavily influenced by community organizing, having worked on homeless and housing issues for 8 years at Mercy Housing Lakefront. She believes in participatory practice, the power of developing leadership, and the primacy of relationships. Elizabeth is also a recently certified yoga instructor and has a certificate in yoga informed psychotherapy. She is passionate about how body-based interventions such as yoga and sports can play a significant role in recovery of those who have experienced trauma. 

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