Featured events

7-9 September 2012
Brussels Games

Brussels Gay Sports will offer a weekend of fun and fairplay in the capital of Europe, with volleyball, swimming, badminton, and tennis, as well as fitness and hiking.

Learn more HERE.
26-28 October 2012
Bern, Switzerland

The success of the first edition of the QueergamesBern proved the need for an LGBT multisport event in Switzerland. This year will be even bigger, with badminton, bowling, running, walking, floorball.

Learn more HERE.
17-20 January 2013
Sin City Shootout
Las Vegas
The 7th Sin City Shootout will feature softball, ice hockey, tennis, wrestling, basketball, dodgeball, bodybuilding and basketball.

Learn more HERE.

13-16 June 2013
IGLFA Euro Cup
After this year's edition in Budapest at the EuroGames, the IGLFA Euro Cup heads to Dublin for 2013, hosted by the Dublin Devils and the Dublin Phoenix Tigers.

Learn more HERE.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

International Women's Day; using sport to combat violence against women and girls

A message from Women Win:

Happy 100th IWD! In celebration, we at Women Win are taking this opportunity to show how sport is being used as a tool to address the greatest barrier to women's development: gender based violence.

This video is a sneak preview of the work that we are doing on behalf of the 1 billion girls and women have or will experience gender based violence in their lifetime.

Addressing gender-based violence through sport from WomenWin on Vimeo.

Gender-based violence is a major public health and human rights problem throughout the world. This type of violence often happens behind closed doors. Too often, cultural norms and legal systems treat violence against women as a private family matter or a normal part of family life. A girl, regardless of age, may fear attacks at home, on the streets and even at school.

A girl needs a safe space to discuss experiences, violations and fears, and receive validation that her fears are okay. Furthermore, a girl needs to understand her legal rights. She also needs a place where she can learn confidence that will help her avoid becoming a victim of gender-based violence. A team and trusted coaches can provide that environment.

Although the concept of using sport as a strategy to help empower girls and women is gaining international momentum, there is a lack of practical information about how to actually do it. Successful girls’ sports programmes are not built by simply inviting girls to participate in existing boys’ teams or programmes. Girls face gender-specific and institutionalized barriers to participation, communicate differently and have unique motivations and expectations of their sporting experience. Sustainable programmes must be led by people who understand and address the key challenges facing girls and their families.

In an effort to begin this conversation of how to best do this work, we've published the first International Guide for Designing Sport Programmes for Girls, in collaboration with 35 partner organizations and experts. We are currently in the process of building an interactive online space for this Guide that will allow for collaborative authoring and sharing of information throughout social networks.

We welcome you to join the movement at GirlSportGuides.org!

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