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

The Need

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.

Women Win also offers human-centred design workshops and programme design consultation for organisations engaging girls through sport in humanitarian settings. If you are an organisation or individual working with girls in humanitarian contexts connect with us via or sign up to our newsletter below.