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  • Writer's pictureGirls in Sport

Welcome to our blog

Updated: 22 hours ago

We hope to be blogging regular stories of relevance to our work in West Africa.

It gives us the chance to comment on current news and developments that will speak to our stakeholders and supporters, and provide an insight into our ethos.

We are a small, but highly effective framework for social change through equality of access

to sport. We are working to achieve gender equality and the eradication of poverty through the provision of opportunities by providing a safe space for girls to thrive.

Sport for social change can be a powerful vehicle from the grassroots.

Our Theory of Change is relatively simple - By enabling community led initiatives that maximise literacy and school completion rates in communities where gender inequality is a marked barrier to sustainable development in the Global South through: -

  • Sport as an avenue to greater prospects for girls

  • (STEM: Science, English, Technology, Maths – traditionally male based subjects) as an avenue to greater prospects for girls

  • End harms associated with their gender

  • Get more girls to finish school

  • Provision of period kits

  • Soft power of GIS to shift negative gender roles and inspire leadership through wider initiatives such as women's funding circles that promote financial prudence and entrepreneurship

  • Nutrition – so that no girls goes hungry and can continue sport and learning

  • Protected Settings - all staff regularly receive mandatory safeguarding refreshers; in environments that present daily exposure to harms (often post-conflict or disaster, perpetual poverty climates etc)

  • psycho-socio support - many of our beneficiaries have been affected by harms associated by their gender. Our expert panel work to provide skills transfers to our teams in-country in order to facilitate trauma support or triage to qualified partners

  • Adult Literacy - Children of parents who are unable to read and write are less likely to be able to seize their potential. We provide adult literacy classes to communities as part of approach to holistic programming

Demographically, girls are at higher risk. We recognise the need for advancement of macro solutions, such as better inter-governmental policy, eradication of corruption, effective law and order, improved social welfare frameworks etc. Girls in Sport is a very niche initiative that works as part of a wider trend in fostering social sustainability at the grassroots, alongside other movements such as the ‘Girl Child’, and the rise of women’s sport.


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