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Here's how FIBA is celebrating International Women's Day

MIES (Switzerland) - As the world celebrates International Women's Day on Monday, March 8, FIBA is excited to continue making real progress with its strategic priority of Women in Basketball.

At all levels of our game around the world, women have inspired, whether in the spotlight of major championships or at grassroots level.

FIBA is proud to highlight the women's game, whether it's reflecting on a pivotal, groundbreaking event like the first Olympic Women's Basketball Tournament in 1976 or putting online the last story of the FIBA Foundation's Female's Voices series.

International basketball fans can share in our excitement about the
10 women expected to make a big splash in 3x3 in 2021 and can discover who the sources of inspiration are for basketball stars including the likes of Breanna Stewart, Amanda Zahui, Bec Allen and Julie Allemand. 

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The draw for the upcoming FIBA Women's EuroBasket 2021 was held on International Women's Day in Valencia, one of the host nations for the competition and FIBA celebrates the great women, athletes and leaders, of the EuroLeague Women. 

There is also the active work being done on Women in Basketball, one of FIBA's strategic priorities. FIBA is presenting its second webinar for Women in Leadership (WiLEAD) from March 9 -11, as part of the TIME-OUT 2.0 projectWiLEAD has 31 female participants selected by 28 European National Federations with the focus on providing opportunities for talented and motivated women working in National Federations to further develop their careers and work together to increase the growth and visibility of the women's game across Europe and the world.

We also highlight the work, and thoughts, of former international referee Nadine Crowley of Canada, who now works as a FIBA referee instructor. FIBA, as well, will hold a webinar about the renewed focus on female officials.

The women have been excelling on the hardwood in Asia, bringing in crowds and fueling hopes of a spot on the podium at the Olympics, just as Australia finished runners-up at the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018 in Tenerife, Spain.

We look back at some of the most memorable performances turned in by women in Asia in big tournaments the past decade, while in Oceania we sneak a peek at women working hard to give the game a stronger presence.

FIBA has also launched three new social media pages in an effort to further their commitment to growing the game of women's basketball and supporting women's coverage in the Americas. Follow them at @americupw on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

This year, 2021, has already begun taking shape as one in which women will have a major impact on international basketball, with the Tokyo Olympics tipping off in July and the first-ever appearance of 3x3 at the Summer Games.