International Platform on Sport & Development e-Newsletter / Issue No. 85

women-in-sport-and-developmentDear Readers,

Welcome to Issue 85 of the sportanddev e-Newsletter!

Following International Women’s Day, this edition focuses on the role sport can play in enabling equal opportunities and promoting gender issues. Addressing these issues demands “a deep cultural shift in which past stereotypes and prejudices must be broken down,” according to Steffi Biester, Director of KICKFAIR. Taking a critical look at Zambian women’s football, Lombe Mwambwa, general secretary of NOWSPAR, also asserts, “this is an issue of cultural transformation and not just minor changes.”

Examples of community level change in Kenya through sport are shared by Coaches Across Continents, and by UK Sport through their funded programmes for women in low and middle income countries. Creative reporting about these issues and sport’s role in addressing them is vital, so if you’re a journalist don’t miss out on a perfect opportunity from The European Journalism Centre.

Enjoy your reading,

Alister Bignell
Project Officer

News & Upcoming Events

Dates for your diary

Take a look at some of the most interesting Sport & Development events to take place in the coming weeks. Read more

Recap of recent events

Including the Laureus World Sports Awards winners and outcomes from the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Read more

New opportunities

Journalism grants for creative reporting of development issues. Read more

New job opportunities

Check out the latest job opportunities in Sport & Development. Read more

Latest from the Community

Publication: UK NGBs’ leveraging of London 2012 for organisational capacity building

The first study on the engagement of UK national governing bodies of sport with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Read More

Coaches Across Continents video highlights impact

Video shows how sport can combat female genital mutilation and girls being sold into marriage. Read More

A chance to play is the catalyst for social integration in Cameroon

The Sport and Cooperation Network facilitates the integration of refugees into communities through sports facilities and community leadership training. Read More


Equal opportunities through football: An interview with Steffi Biester

streetfootballworld talks to Steffi Biester of KICKFAIR about current approaches to enable equal opportunities for men and women at all levels. Read More

What does International Women’s Day mean to women in sport?

UK Sport talks to some of the women supported by its international training programme. Read More

Women’s football in Zambia: Challenges and progress

Lombe Mwambwa of NOWSPAR discusses the status of women’s football in Zambia. Read More

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Sport and Gender

Explore project case studies where sport is used as a tool to develop the potential of young women and girls. Learn more

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