Championing change for girls
As part of the Right To Play Women's Network, you can give more girls the chance to learn, to break free from poverty and to stay safe from violence, exploitation and social exclusion – even in the most desperate situations.
United in the belief that every child, regardless of gender, deserves an equal opportunity to learn, our members champion change for girls through the educational power of play. By joining us, you can keep closer to the cause, get more involved and hear exclusive insights from expert speakers through a lively schedule of news and special events.
How you can change lives
Making up around 70% of the world's poorest one billion people, women and girls often find themselves powerless in the face of gender-based barriers, stereotypes and discrimination.
With the odds stacked against them, their chance of escaping the cycle of poverty is slim. Marie was six when war forced her out of her Burundi home into constant fear of hunger, disease
and rape. But, thanks to a Right To Play scheme
at a refugee camp, her hope was restored, as she explains here.
Of the one million children like Marie we reach every week, 50% are girls. As her story illustrates, play-based programmes provide powerful tools to challenge inequality and equip girls like her with essential life skills, while providing solace from unimaginable hardships.
Of our 14,900 Coaches, 58% are female. With the benefit of new-found confidence, strength and knowledge, these girls can better protect themselves from disease, get an education and overcome deep-rooted prejudices to improve their life chances.
To find out how your support could promote gender equality to help more girls like Marie, please visit our gender page.
Focus for 2017: A vote against violence
In October 2016, our members voted overwhelmingly to support the initiative: Empowering girls to protect themselves from conflict, prejudice and violence. Throughout 2017, this theme will be reflected in Network news and activities, as we explore some of the key issues in this area in a bid to change more lives.