On the 2nd October, Right To Play UK was delighted to welcome CNN's Chief International Correspondent and host of CNN's nightly global affairs programme, Christiane Amanpour, to the second event of the Women's Network.
The event was a huge success, attracting over one hundred influential and inspirational women from the sport and business worlds. Host Anna Walker interviewed Amanpour about her experiences of gender inequality around the world. Amanpour highlighted the vital importance of working to expand the rights of women and girls and to change the minds of men and women so that progress is possible.
This message was underlined by Virginie Emery of Right To Play who spoke about the need for a concerted effort to empower disadvantaged women and girls across the developing world. She highlighted the success that Right To Play's unique and powerful sport and play-based programmes are having in meeting this need.
Right To Play's CEO and Founder, Johann Olav Koss thanked Amanpour in a message to the event saying, "Every day we see and hear of more reasons why empowering girls and promoting positive masculinity in boys are both key to a brighter future. The support of inspirational women like Christiane helps us to demonstrate why we put gender at the heart of our work."
Right To Play's work with women and girls
Women and girls are often the poorest and most vulnerable of the people we encounter in our work. They frequently have little say in determining the course of their lives. Of the world's one billion poorest people, 70% are girls and women.
Our distinctive approach of using sport and structured play to bring about change is a powerful tool to challenge this inequality and to empower women and girls. Play provides a retreat from everyday hardships allowing children to learn whilst doing what they love most – having fun.
Our games are specially designed with both girls and boys in mind, recognising the importance of both sexes to improving gender equality. The games teach children important values and life skills while supporting their physical, mental and social development. Playing these games helps improve health and wellbeing, fosters self-esteem and empowerment, encourages social inclusion, challenges gender norms, and provides opportunities for leadership and personal achievement.
For the first time, in 2013, 50% of children participating in our programmes were girls, and of our volunteer Coaches, 56% are women.
Right To Play Women's Network
The Right To Play Women's Network brings together inspirational and influential women for opportunities and events designed to embrace and celebrate the empowerment of women and girls. The Network has the opportunity to meet throughout the year to hear compelling speakers and panels. Our first two events have proven incredibly popular and the Network is looking to further build on this success in 2015.