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What happens when you invest in girls and women? It’s simple: We all win

By: Katja Iversen; Originally Posted on Devex 

As the third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, draws to a close, questions about how we will fund the sustainable development agenda and broader global development are being debated.

Like any negotiation process, policymakers must make tough decisions to maximize limited resources. However, one issue policymakers cannot afford to compromise on is the health, rights and well-being of girls and women. Read More...

Why you should think twice about ignoring women’s sports

By: Katja Iversen; Originally Posted on Women in the World 

If money talks, then the Women’s World Cup was a whisper at best. After Team USA’s win over Japan in the final last Sunday, the shocking disparity between women’s and men’s World Cup winnings has been thrown into sharp focus. To add insult to injury, FIFA’s financial statements relegate the Women’s World Cup to “other FIFA events.” Read More...

 

Girls in sport: More and better research needed to level the playing field

By Flavie Halais; Originally posted on Devex 

The movement to use sports as a catalyst for improving the lives of girls and women is growing, but what’s the evidence that supports the various benefits and uses of sports? And what kind of additional research is needed to help development professionals design smarter programs?

Researchers and practitioners who gathered at the Girl Power in Play Symposium, held last month in Ottawa, Canada, weighed in on how we can help build a better case for the role sports can play in the post-2015 agenda. Read More...

Girls in sport: A powerful game changer for the SDGs

By: Katja Iversen, Maria Bobenrieth; Originally posted on Devex

We’ve all heard stories of professional athletes who have defied the odds to keep playing the sport they love. Take Maria Toor Pakay who grew up in South Waziristan, Pakistan, where playing squash, or any sport, was for boys only; but Maria couldn’t be kept off the court. She pretended to be a boy in order to keep playing and today is Pakistan’s number one squash player.

Maria refused to let society restrict her, and instead, she showed us all what girls can do. Now she is championing change through a foundation that helps girls access education and sport — contributing to a stronger, more just Pakistan. Read More...

#GirlsCan Campaign Kicks Off with FIFA Women’s World Cup to Empower Girls in Sports

By Marinella Matejcic; Originally posted on Global Voices 

As the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada started kicked off on June 6, a number of organizations joined forces in launching the #GirlsCan advocacy campaign. Women Deliver, UNICEF, Right to Play, GAIN and One Goal are using the FIFA as a backdrop to raise awareness of how sports can positively influence girls’ lives and call for more research and funding for girls’ sports. Read more...

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