Girls In Motion Playbook
A toolkit for designing and implementing girls’ sport programming in humanitarian settings
To celebrate World Humanitarian Day 2019, Women Win is proud to announce our Girls in Motion Playbook, a toolkit for designing and implementing girls’ sport programming in humanitarian settings. The toolkit will support organisations and practitioners to design, develop and deliver adolescent girl-centred sport programmes in a variety of humanitarian contexts around the world.
This resource will offer an overview of important guidelines and useful best practices for designing sport programmes for adolescent girls in emergencies
Over the last decade, sport has increasingly been used as a tool for empowering youth in developing countries. However, opportunities to participate in sport are often designed for and dominated by, boys and men. Limitations placed upon adolescent girls and young women restrict them from not only playing sport but fulfilling their potential. We know that sport is empowering, particularly for girls, and that it challenges gender norms. Sport participation offers girls an opportunity to build their self-esteem, leadership, courage and self-efficacy. Through sport programmes, girls' belief in their own ability increases.
These opportunities become even more important in humanitarian settings where girls face an increased violation of their rights. Moreover, through sport adolescent girls can experience relief from the stresses caused by heightened responsibilities and traumatic experiences often present in humanitarian settings. Lastly, sport offers adolescent girls the opportunity to come together and build support networks. This is particularly important in humanitarian settings given the risks that girls face, but also given the fact that communities have often become disconnected and new social bonds need to be formed to prevent social isolation.
The Girls in Motion Playbook has greatly relied on the experiences and learnings from our implementing partners and other organisations using sport with girls in humanitarian settings. Scroll through the images below to read more about them.
Through the power of sport and play, Reclaim Childhood (RC) is empowering refugee and local girls and women in Jordan to improve mental and physical health, empower girls, and increase community cohesion. Although Jordan has the second highest number of refugees per capita in the world, most neighborhoods are segregated by nationality, leaving few opportunities for various refugee communities to interact with each other and with the host community. RC creates these spaces by intentionally hiring a diverse group of refugee and Jordanian women to serve as coaches and role models.
With refugee girls in Iraq, Youth Speak co-created a project using biking as a mechanism to promote girls' and women's rights, freedom of movement, and mental and physical health.
Community Psychosocial Support Organisation (CPSO)
Through traditional dance programmes implemented by our partner CPSO in Northern Uganda’s refugee settlements, South Sudanese women create strong bonds.
Girls living in Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps in Kachin, Myanmar, started accompanying each other to collect water after joining local volleyball teams run by our partner Girl Determined.
HERA is an organisation based in Libya that works in Internally Displaced People camps and Migrant Detention Centres providing football trainings as psycho-social support to girls and young women.