Step 1: Understand that sports have a positive impact. Step 2: Acknowledge that girls do not have equal access to to sports: Step 3: It’s time to eradicate inequality in sports. Girls who play sports are laying the foundation to become leaders tomorrow. There’s even research to back it up.
That’s not the only thing that research says. It makes sense that education and sports are connected to success, but it is more than that. One study found that sports are part of the “Virtuous Cycle” that lays the groundwork to create better policies for women and girls.
Policies are one way to level the playing field, but we also need strong women who can be role models for young girls. One woman, Dima Alardah, dreamed of playing badminton in the Olympics. Now she dreams about bringing peace to Syrian refugees in Jordan. How is she doing it? You guessed it: sports.
Girls are winning, and people are starting to notice. UN Women and the International Olympic Committee are working together on an initiative to empower women and girls through sports. The basis of the project: One win leads to another. Sports teaches us that it’s okay to fail, as long as we get up and keep moving forward. And if boys have access to these benefits, then it’s high time for girls to have their time on the court. Want to learn more about how multimillion dollar collaborations are funding grassroots initiatives for women and girls to access sports and education?
So if you didn’t already get the hint, we need more girls playing sports. Why? More girls playing sports mean girls with more confidence. If girls have more confidence then they are more likely to pursue education and have successful careers as leaders, which means more women making laws and in positions of peace-building. If more women are making decisions, then what does the world have? You got it: less war, conflict, and crisis. Sounds pretty peaceful to us.