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Right To Play

Project Title

Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls through Sport and Play

The Organisation

The intervention is led by Right to Play. The research is being conducted by What Works in collaboration with Aga Khan University.

Geographic Location

Pakistan, Hyderabad District, Sindh Province

Summary of Intervention / Research

Since 2002, Right to Play has worked with hundreds of thousands of children and young people in Pakistan, to shift the social norms that perpetuate and condone violence. Through its schools-based Sport and Play programme, teachers are provided with curricula and trained to challenge the acceptability of VAWG.
Boys and young men are encouraged to adopt positive forms of masculinity, and girls and women are supported to develop their abilities to express themselves and act as leaders. The programme also supports community organisations and government bodies to take action for social change, to support shifts in community attitudes and behaviours to value and treat women and girls as equals

Key objectives being addressed by the programme include:

  • Girls and women acquire key life skills such as leadership, confidence, critical thinking, self-efficiency, self-expression and resiliency to help protect them from violence;
  • Safe learning environments are established with curricula and teaching practices that challenge the acceptability of VAWG and promote gender-equitable norms;
  • Boys and men are practising positive forms of masculinity in their schools, homes and communities;
  • Increased community involvement and support for achieving gender equality and addressing violence against women and girls; and
  • Increased capacity and action by community based organisations, local/national authorities and government to reduce gender based violence.

Research and how it will benefit the field of prevention:

The What Works Global Programme with Right to Play will conduct an extensive impact evaluation in order to contribute new evidence on best practice approaches to working through schools and sports programmes, and to build positive attitudes and support for gender equality amongst young people.

Major Timeframes

2015 - Baseline

July 2017 - Midline data collection

November 2018 - Endline data collection 

2017 & 2018 - Research outputs expected

Key Contact

Ross Edgeworth, Right to Play

Email: redgeworth@righttoplay.com

Website: http://www.righttoplay.com/Pages/default.aspx



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