Gender Equality

gender equality


In 2030, women and men, girls and boys will have equal access, opportunities and respect.


Women and girls battle gender inequality in every field. In 2015 there were only 21 female heads of state, and 150 countries have at least one actively sexist law. In most countries, women earn between 60 and 75% of what men do for the same work1. Women often report being confronted to a glass ceiling blocking their access to managerial and leadership positions, both professionally and within society. This gender gap is all too apparent in sport, and particularly elite sports. Whilst women make up almost 40% of sportspeople in the USA, only 6 to 8% of the total media coverage is devoted to them.
[1]Source: Global Gender Gap Index 2017, World Economic Forum


To make a change, the global SAPA Movement must:

  • Have gender equity policies targeting gender balance in leadership, management, administration, coaching and officiating in all sports governing bodies
  • Promote and support female and male sports equally.
  • Encourage girls to participate in sport and remove any negative connotation around being “like a girl”.


Us Girls!

Us Girls!

Organisation Street Games
Country England
Target Group Young women in England

#SocialInclusion #Community

US Girls

Us Girls! is a brand designed to increase and sustain young women's participation in sport and physical activity within some of England’s most disadvantaged communities. US Girls! started in 2011 as a two-year initiative to get 30,000 young females (aged 16-25 years old) more active. It provided them with fitness and sport opportunities within their local community. The Us Girls! key message is #funfitnessfriends and is about removing the barriers which affect girls accessing sport, fitness and exercise. Us Girls! includes female-only sessions, role models, reward schemes, well-being and confidence inspiring activities, empowerment and the development of women and girls as motivators, volunteers, and leaders. The programme received £2.3 million of National Lottery investment from Sport England as part of their campaign to tackle the gender gap in sport.
It is led by Street Games and supported by Sport England

Street Games Manchester Office
61 Mosley Street
4th Floor Woolwich House, Manchester

Women Leadership Mentorship Programme

Women Leadership Mentorship Programme

Organisation African Union Sport Council Region 5
Country Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Target Group Female leaders in sport in AUSC R5

#Leadership #SocialInclusion #Partnership


The project develops young women to become leaders in sport through a mentorship programme. The first project phase commenced with the training of 20 women - two from each of the 10 member countries (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe) with the aim that those women can then in turn train other females within their country to be representatives and ambassadors within the Sports Movement. The goal of this phase is to: build awareness on gender equality in sports, increase female participation in sports; increase awareness on the use of sports as a tool for social inclusion, community building and civic engagement. The next phase of the project involves the 20 women organising an 8-month programme for potential female sport leaders within their country, thus creating a multiplier effect.
The project is led by AUSC R5 and supported by TAFISA and UNESCO

Tsholofelo Maduma
Sports Officer AUSC Region 5
+263 3914960

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Future is Female

Future is Female

Organisation Trinidad and Tobago National Olympic Committee
Country Trinidad and Tobago
Target Group Young female athletes, women in sport leadership positions; young women in rural areas and high-risk communities



“Future is Female” encourages and empowers increased participation of women and girls in sport and physical activity, not only as athletes, but also coaches, sports medicine and sport science providers, administrators, leaders and sports media. The success of the Future is Female is built on hosting workshops, seminars, mentorship and providing access to funding aimed at removing obstacles that are real and/or perceived, as well as developing solutions that are sustainable and impactful. The programme works in three phases, all targeted at empowering women and girls to foster sporting excellence and a lifelong passion for sport: First Female Olympic Medallist, Workshops and Seminars, Mentorship.

Annette Knott
Secretary General
(868) 6251285

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Organisation International Netball Federation
Country India
Target Group Young women in India

#Partnerships #SocialInclusion #Education


Developed by the International Netball Federation (INF) and Standard Chartered Bank, the GOAL programme is a unique multi-stakeholder partnership which aims to empower young women in disadvantaged areas in India to become leaders in their communities. GOAL uses netball as a tool for positive individual development and social inclusion. Standard Chartered Bank and the INF began working with grassroots non-governmental organisations, 60 schools and 15 colleges in Delhi, India to deliver the GOAL project to 3,500 young women. Now work has extended into Mumbai and Chennai, as well as other countries around the world. The programme enhances existing community programmes; contributes to the Indian Government’s aims to empower young women and promote sport (particularly netball). The Australian Sports Commission and Netball Australia are now also supporting the GOAL project.
The programme is led by International Netball Federation and supported by Standard Chartered Bank, Australian Sports Commission and Netball Australia

INF Secretariat
Albion Wharf, 19 Albion Street, Manchester
+44 (0) 161 234 6515

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MTG Football Programme

MTG Football Programme

Organisation Moving the Goalposts (MTG)
Country Kenya
Target Group Girls and young women in Kenya

#Peace #SocialInclusion


Moving the Goalposts teaches girls and young women to take up their space in football by enabling them to discover and nurture their football skills. The project uses football as a tool to initiate change in areas of peace, governance, sustainability, women’s rights and empowerment. The programme trains girls and young women on topics such as coaching, refereeing and First Aid at various levels, as well as providing life skills on nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and leadership. In partnership with local schools, MTG organises tournaments that are aimed at showcasing and nurturing the football talent of girls and young women at all levels.
It is supported by local schools.

Mnarani, Classic Estate
P.O. Box 605, Kilifi Kenya
+254 722 823834

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Mission 2030 Workshop: Girls & Women Empowerment in Sport for All

As part of the TAFISA Mission 2030 Workshop Series, the inaugural Mission 2030 Workshop on Gender Equity took place on 8 March in celebration of International Women's Day and was held in partnership with the ITTF Foundation.

TAFISA and the ITTF Foundation have joined forces to offer insights on Girls & Women Empowerment in Sport for All. The Workshop provided an opportunity for productive discussion on methods to empower girls and women to reach their full potential in Sport for All. Over 150 participants learned from TAFISA, ITTF Foundation and Nike, Inc. as well as FLOT Mentees (EU-funded project aiming to empower a new generation of young African and European women to lead the Global Sport for All Movement) who shared their first-hand experiences. Relive the Workshop through our video playlist or on YouTube.

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gender equality
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play and physical literacy
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the environment
cultural heritage and diversity
governance, leadership and integrity
community and volunteerism
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