2015 Sport for Women’s Empowerment Seminar

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.

We are organizing the 2015 Sport for Women's Empowerment Seminar together with Women Win:

"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