The 2012 Ford World Women's Curling Championship was held at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta from March 17 to 25. It marked the 12th time that Canada has hosted the World Women's Curling Championship. The 2012 World Women's Championship was one of the curling events that is a qualifier for the curling tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
This edition of the World Women's Championship saw the first team from South Korea advancing to the playoffs in history. Previously, their best performance was in 2009, where they finished the round robin in tenth place with a 3–8 win-loss record.
In the final, Switzerland's Mirjam Ott defeated Sweden's Margaretha Sigfridsson after scoring a deuce in the tenth end, wrapping up the game with a score of 7–6. Switzerland won its third gold medal, its first since 1983, when Erika Müller won the world championship. Ott won her first gold medal, while Sigfridsson won her third silver medal.
Scottish skip Eve Muirhead was awarded the Frances Brodie Award, an honour given to a curler at the championships who best exemplified sportsmanship, fair play, honesty, and friendship. Muirhead was nominated by fellow curlers at the championships.
The following nations qualified to participate in the 2012 Ford World Women's Curling Championship: Canada (host country)
One team from the North American zone
Eight teams from the 2011 European Curling Championships
Czech Republic (Winner of World Challenge Games)
Two teams from the 2011 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships: China
The teams are listed as follows:
*The team's normal skip, Andrea Schöpp, withdrew from the world championships due to a leg injury sustained prior to the championships. Melanie Robillard replaced Schöpp as skip, and threw third stones.
Final Round Robin Standings
All times are listed in Mountain Standard Time (UTC-7).
Saturday, March 17, 2:00 pm
Saturday, March 17, 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 18, 9:00 am
Sunday, March 18, 2:30 pm
Sunday, March 18, 7:30 pm
Monday, March 19, 9:00 am
Monday, March 19, 2:00 pm
Monday, March 19, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, March 20, 9:00 am
Tuesday, March 20, 2:00 pm
Tuesday, March 20, 8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 21, 9:00 am
Wednesday, March 21, 2:00 pm
Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 pm
Thursday, March 22, 9:00 am
Thursday, March 22, 2:00 pm
Thursday, March 22, 7:00 pm
Friday, March 23, 2:00 pm
Friday, March 23, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 24, 1:00 pm
Saturday, March 24, 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 25, 9:00 am
Sunday, March 25, 4:30 pm