About This Guide

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Over the course of two years, Women Win has gathered a diverse set of experts, coaches, programme directors and girls from around the world to share their knowledge about how to address gender-based violence through sport. These individuals work in women’s rights, sport and development, large multinational organisations, as well as the corporate sector. The result is the base of content presented here as the “official” version of this Guide.

This initial co-created draft is intended to be the seed for this body of knowledge. By inviting collaborative authoring, translations, comments, contributions and adaptations through our Creative Commons license, we invite a greater global community to help evolve the content. Our hope is that this Guide will become a community-owned conversation about how to use sport as a tool to address gender-based violence and eradicate instances of GBV within sport organisations.

The Guide is written for anyone, in any country, who wants to empower girls through sport. It is ideal for an individual or grassroots organisation interested in building or improving sport programmes for girls, including teams, girls' and women's organisations, schools, clubs and faith-based groups. It can serve as a reference for coaches, international sports and development organisations, donors, sports governing bodies, caregivers, researchers, and policy makers. The ideas in this guide can be applied directly to small groups of girls, as well as for informing larger, multinational initiatives.

Note: Throughout this guide, we refer to "our" partners. This does not merely represent Women Win's programme partners but it also represents workshop attendees, collaborators, experts and organisations that have contributed to our knowledge base.

Author: Sarah Murray

Editor: Yvonne Henry


  • Alfred Anjere– Boxgirls (Kenya)
  • Maqulate Atieno – Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA)
  • Jane Anyango – Polycom Development Projects/Kibera Women for Peace and Fairness
  • Barbara Ayo – MIFUMI
  • Jean Bigirimana – CARE Burundi
  • Sadique Bilal – Kilimanjaro Initiative
  • Frida Kahindi – Moving the Goalposts (MTG)
  • Sultan Kennedy – A-STEP
  • Rachael Mbabazi– MIFUMI
  • Rehema Robert Mwakajila – CARE Tanzania
  • Tim Dalton Mwaura - Center for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW)
  • Ann Njogu- Center for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW)
  • Peninah Nthenya Musyimi – Safe Spaces Nairobi
  • Dr. Auma Obama- CARE USA’s Sports for Social Change Initiative Technical Advisor
  • Dr. Elizabeth Odera– Sadili Oval
  • Kevin Obware – Kisumu Youth Football Association (KYFA)
  • Beatrice Wambui - Kenya Homeless Street Soccer Association (KHSSA)
  • Aliyah Wanjira – Carolina for Kibera (CFK)

GBV Advisory Board

  • Astrid Aafjes – Founder and Executive Director, Women Win
  • Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan - Horn of Africa Development Initiative
  • Martha Brady -  Senior Associate, Poverty, Gender, and Youth (PFY) Program, Population Council, United States
  • Jimmy Briggs - Co-Founder and Executive Director, Man Up Campaign
  • Dr. Heather Cameron - Professor Freie Universität Berlin, Germany and University of the Western Cape, South Africa and founder of Boxgirls International
  • Diane Huffman - Norwegian Olympic Committee
  • Geetanjali Misra- Co-Founder and Executive Director of CREA, India/USA
  • Janet Otte - Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, MIFUMI
  • Felicite Rwemalika - Association of Kigali Women in Sports, AKWOS
  • Cheryl Yeam - Technical Support Manager, Right to Play (China)