Empowering Girls: US/Nepal Leadership Camp Exchange

"I found myself deconstructing my own leadership style, deeply considering my path, my approaches to gender inclusion, and my impact on girls’ programming at SWB." 

Katy Nagy, SWB Oakland Girls' Program Director


Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Women Win, Soccer Without Borders (SWB), and Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN) have teamed up on an international exchange program aimed at empowering marginalized girls in Nepal and the United States through sport. With that goal in mind, the strategy of the program is based on a) building the leadership of individual sport for social change practitioners and b) supporting SWB and EWN to improve our capacity to address gender inclusion and girls’ rights through sport. The international exchange program is a part of SportsUnited, ECA’s Division devoted to sports diplomacy as a tool to increase dialogue and cultural understanding between people around the world. 



March 2016

Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal

Led by Women Win and hosted by Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN), 10 SWB leaders from across all four SWB USA programs headed to Nepal in March for phase 1 of the exchange. The Exchange featured a four-day trek through the Anapurna region led by 3Sisters Adventure Trekking, a women-led social enterprise in Pokhara. Prior to the trek, SWB leaders got to know EWN' soccer-based programming, leading clinics and sharing team-building strategies. 



July 2016

Oakland, CA and Yosemite National Park

Hosted at Soccer Without Borders' Oakland and under the leadership of Women Win, phase 2 of the Exchange brought a selected group of Nepalese trekking guides and coaches to the U.S. for a week-long cultural and leadership experience. The group participated in an intensive 5-day Digital Storytelling workshop designed by Women Win, to get to know SWB Oakland and the SWB program model, explore their own leadership styles at Yosemite National Park, and immerse themselves culturally in the USA and Bay Area.








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