Introduction themes

In this section we offer you information and tools for the following themes:

  • Sport can make a significant contribution to improving the position of women. By offering sports activities to girls and women, they get a chance to develop and increase their self-confidence. Girls and women who excel at sport can act as role models for other girls and women. Read about sport and gender equality in the section Gender.
  • One of the most widely recognised ways to use sport as a tool, is to use it for bringing people together to share information on HIV/AIDS. Read about tools and best practices in the section HIV/AIDS.
  • Access to and participation in sport is a human right and essential for individuals of all ages to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Read how sport can be of value for the battle against poverty in the section Poverty.
  • People with a disability in developing countries have major barriers to overcome. Sports can be used as a therapeutic instrument and an educational tool, as a way to create both self-esteem and awareness and as a catalyst for (re) integration in society. Read more in the section Disability.
  • Sport may assist in promoting programmes of conflict resolution and reconciliation between sharply divided communities. Team sports can force people who have been divided by war and deep-seated enmities to see these 'enemies' as team-mates with particular skills and qualities that assist in achieving common goals. Read more in the section Peace and reconciliation.
  • Sport and physical activity are essential for improving health and well being. Read more about the potential benefits and projects in the section Health.
  • The section Trauma informs you about trauma, tips for the sport development worker about how to work with sports persons who have had a traumatic experience and tips for the sending agencies on how to support, guide and protect development workers.

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Pieter van der Houwen