Sport + Gbv

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Why Sport?   Agreement among policy makers, prioritisation and investment at an international and state level are critical preconditions to ending gender-based violence. However, a critical factor in the creation of deep social change is the direct involvement of girls within their communities. Girls need to be educated about GBV. They need to know what it is; how it impinges on their rights and how they can access justice and services if these rights are violated. Although this work can be done in a variety of settings, we believe that there are qualities inherent in sport that can make it a powerful environment for approaching this difficult subject with girls. Here are some learning’s:  

Sport As A Tool

Sport may be an unlikely place to look when considering effective means for addressing this global issue. Sport does not have a history of providing safe spaces for girls and...

Why Sport Is An Effective Platform

1. Sport Makes Girls Aware and in Control of Their Bodies When a girl plays sport, she gains awareness of her body. When she is running, she recognises her lungs expanding, beads...

Sport Choice

There are certain qualities that are inherent in all sports, which can be positioned to facilitate positive growth and change in a girl’s life. However, every sport is unique....

Questions To Consider

Additional Questions to Consider When Choosing a Sport/Starting a Sport Programme: Is this a sport that the community supports and understands? If not, what is your strategic...

Common Challenges

In many social contexts, gender-based violence is not talked about openly, it is taboo to have girls playing sport and girls are perceived as unworthy of their human rights....