Addressing Gender-Based Violence through Football in the Middle East and North Africa
Berlin, April 7-11, 2015
Violence against girls and women is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physical, sexual and mental consequences for girls and women, including death. According to a 2013 global review of available data, 35 per cent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence.
Sport offers qualities that align with the core necessities of women’s empowerment in general and addressing gender-based violence specifically. When girls and women participate in sport, they challenge the core of GBV – inequity, patriarchy, and rigid gender roles. Beyond the social challenge, the application of sport in combating gender-based violence is practical. Physically when girls and women play, they become stronger and healthier. They develop greater ownership and understanding of their bodies. Psychologically, sport can enhance a girl’s or women’s self-esteem and self-efficacy. Furthermore, the team environment can offer social support and a forum for girls and women to share their concerns and experiences, including those related to GBV.
Starting from your experience and knowledge we will explore major issues related to women’s empowerment, leadership and GBV in the MENA-region, share tools and strategies of addressing these issues through sport and discuss possibilities of a shared strategy.
Open Call for Applications
Application Deadline: 23rd of February 2015
We kindly invite you to apply for participation in the 2015 Sport for Women’s Empowerment Seminar. Feel free to share this invitation with your networks. The seminar will take place from April 7th to April 11th 2015 in Berlin, Germany.
- a women’s rights activist/advocate or professional from the MENA region using sport to address issues related to women’s empowerment in general, with a focus on gender-based violence (GBV)
- a women’s rights activist from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region open to using sport as a tool to address women’s empowerment, gender and GBV in the future
- a football coach, player or official from the MENA region who believes that football can be used as a tool to empower and develop the leadership of women as well as address women’s rights, with a focus on GBV
Furthermore you are at least 18 years old, female and speak/understand English.
During this collaborative workshop, we hope to:
- explore major issues and obstacles facing adolescent girls and women in the MENA region, with a focus on GBV,
- discuss access to sport for women and the growth of football opportunities in the region,
- share and reflect on tools and promising practices in addressing women’s empowerment and GBV using sport,
- develop a first draft of a shared regional strategy to address women’s empowerment, with a focus on GBV, through football.
DISCOVER FOOTBALL is organizing the 2015 Sport for Women’s Empowerment Seminar together with Women Win:
DISCOVER FOOTBALL advocates for a world in which girls and women can do sports without being discriminated against for any reason, such as sexism, racism and homophobia. We use football as a tool to empower women, promote intercultural understanding and address women‘s rights. We organize international exchanges, conferences and tournaments where women build skills and share knowledge that will help them gain autonomy, mobility and power. We have won several awards and our work has been recognized by the UN special advisor on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Willi Lemke. www.discoverfootball.de
Women Win is an internationally recognised centre of excellence on gender and sport. We are a thought leader and global convener, strategically positioned at the intersection of women’s rights, development and sport. Since our 2007 inception, we have actively listened to and worked with girls and women, boys and men, community leaders and programme partners, and donors and investors to advance the cause of sport as a powerful strategy to address gender inequity and empower adolescent girls and young women. womenwin.org
The seminar is supported by NoVo foundation
Application documents can be found here.