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 in conflict and post-conflict countries.

The chapter is written for anyone, in any country, who wants to empower girls and women in conflict/post-conflict settings 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, sport 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 may 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:Yvonne Henry

Editor:Sarah Murray

Copy Editor: Deana Monahan


Nathalie Aziza– Right To Play (RTP)

Veneranda Bazimaziki – Association of Kigali Women in Sports (AKWOS)

Anita Kabuo- Association pour la Developpment au Congo (ADC)

Ben Kabwe – Association pour la Developpment au Congo

Madame Immaculee Mukandoli Mapendo – Association pour la Developpment au Congo

Christine Muhongerwa – SaferRwanda

Godlieve Mujawabega – Association of Kigali Women in Sports

Odile Mwangaza – WE-ACTx

Phoebe Rugema- Association of Kigali Women in Sports

Felicite Rwemarika–Association of Kigali Women in Sports

Solange Umwizerwa – Association of Kigali Women in Sports