About the project
Women Empowerment Through Sports
Gender discrimination and inequality is a well known structural phenomenal of endemic proportion in both Europe and the world. Across the different national and cultural realities composing the Consortium, the development of a concrete gender equality is impeded by persisting barriers and discrimination against young women. The aforementioned barriers are both of material nature (i.e. disadvantages in access to the labour market, lower wages as compared with male peers, lower presence of women among the higher tiers of the business and public sectors) and related to the social and existential spheres wherein the diffusion of a still considerable mentality determines more or less socially sanctioned forms of stereotyping and prejudice confining young women to established roles.
The most extreme manifestations of such mentality lay at the root of widespread phenomena of verbal/psychological violence and, ultimately, physical aggression against women.
“Women empowerment through sport” (WEtS) is a 24 month Capacity Building in the field of Youth project involving 6 organisations from Europe (Bulgaria and Italy), Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) and Asia (Nepal and Philippines). The project will allows us the opportunity to develop, test and spread new educational methodologies for young women empowerment through sport with the aim to enhance the capacity of the partner organisations and beyond.
Women Empowerment Through Sports Objectives
- To share, transfer, improve and develop tools and practices for young women empowerment through sport.
- To train youth workers and leaders on non formal education and how to use sport to empower young women.
- To create a web-page, which will serve as a communication platform for all partners even after the end of the project.
- To develop long-term sustainable trans-continental network of organisations working to empower young women through sport.
- To research the state of young women empowerment programs in the involved countries and do a general research for all involved countries.
- To bring social change through Awareness raising activities and Sport event “Women empowerment through sport” on national level in the involved countries, regional and world level.
Discrimination, stereotyping and abuse against young women is present across the partner countries and in particular at the most secluded and underdeveloped ones. The patriarchal character distinguishing family relations and social structures in the involved countries, combined with a widely diffused conservative mindset on local level, acts as a further driver of social sanction to the phenomena of discrimination, stereotyping and abuse at risk of perpetuating itself through being transmitted to younger generations. At the same time, the emotional and psychological impact of consolidate and socially sanctioned discrimination feeds a pattern of insecurity and apathy leading young women to abstain from the socioeconomic engagement and participation which would make the difference in achieving their personal fulfilment and actively determining a positive evolution in their own communities.
The partner Consortium is composed of youth organisations committed to the frame of gender equality principles and experienced in the educational use of Sport. All partner organisations work in rural areas for the pursuit of socially oriented goals through Sport and Non Formal Education methodologies and are in direct contact with local youth targets. They are working as promoters of young women empowerment, especially women with fewer opportunities, women suffering social exclusion, women who do not have access to self-development trainings, marginalised women. The present project was conceived out of a shared consideration regarding the challenge posed by persisting gender gaps, inequalities and stereotypes in all member countries of the Consortium.
In order to reach the objectives, six organisations from six countries from three continents will deliver a set of six events that during the life-cycle of the project in a geographically diverse locations:
- Kick-off Meeting in Italy in March 2018 with 3 leaders per organisation
- Training Course in Kenya in May 2018 with 4 leaders/youth workers per organisation
- Job Shadowing in the Philippines in August 2018 with 2 leaders/youth workers per organisation
- Leaders’ Meeting in Nepal in November 2018 with 3 leaders/project managers per organisation
- Youth Exchange in Tanzania in January 2019 with 6 disadvantaged youngsters per organisations
- Closing Conference in Bulgaria in May 2019 with 3 leaders/project managers per organisation
“Women empowerment through sport” is meant to have a long-term impact on the wide range of stakeholders involved, at individual, organisational and systemic level. The impact will go beyond the project’s lifetime and beyond the organisations involved.
Travel with us
- Implemented 6 events in 6 countries
- Implemented national studies in each involved country and one general study
- Final outcomes – webpage; handbook with good practices, useful tools, national and general study; video
- Each country organises two awareness rising campaigns and Sport Event “Women empowerment through sport“
- Number of project publications and articles in different media