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

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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, 47% 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 31,900 teachers and coaches, 73% 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.​

​Will you champion change for girls?   

As part of the Network, your support will be extremely welcome. What’s more, you’ll be in very good company and it’s easy to join. All it takes is a minimum monthly gift of £30 or an annual donation of £360. 

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Alternatively, please give an annual gift of £360.

Get in touch

To find out more, please email ​ or call us in confidence on +44 (0)203 752 5640. We look forward to hearing from you. ​​

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Right To Play Women's Network's event in collaboration with British Athletics was held on 15 March 2018 at our partner BlackRock’s offices in London.

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The evening saw a panel celebrating the valuable part role models play to motivate, inspire and guide us through whatever journey we are taking in life concluding that we can all benefit from having strong role models, no matter what walk of life we come from.

World Championship medallist 4x400m relay runner, Laviai Nielsen talked movingly about the inspiration she draws from her mother and twin sister, aptly illustrating that some of the most inspiring role models can be very close to home. The courage and determination Lavia’s mother exhibited to her daughters when she fled Sudan as a single mum with twins has undoubtedly been a source of strength to them as they challenge themselves to excel on the track and in academia.

It is unsurprising that many athletes look to their coaches as role models and here Donna Fraser, 4x Team GB Olympian and Vice President of UK Athletics, and Coral Nourrice, athletics coach, were in agreement that a coach is much more than simply a coach. Young athletes need nurturing in many ways if they are to grow into well rounded individuals requiring coaches to be unofficial psychologists, doctors and nutritionist as well as technical experts. The panel spoke of how important it is that if youngsters are to excel in sport, or in any area of life, they must also learn vital life skills such as resilience, self-confidence and respect.

Encouraging children to develop life skills is something that is fundamental to our programmes at Right To Play as it sets them up for a more fulfilled life. The panel drew our strong parallels between their experiences in the UK and those of Right To Play coaches who face many of the same challenges, but in a completely different setting. Coral spoke about urging the older children she coaches to guide the younger athletes. This perfectly mirrors Right To Play’s Junior Leaders programme which encourages the older children to act as role models to the newly enrolled children and to lead them in activities.

Ultimately, as Leslie McCormack Gathy, Deputy Chair of Right To Play, said the key is to make sure a child has the right role model. Our 16,000 Right To Play coaches are extraordinary people. They are transforming the lives of children in some of the most difficult places in the world where it is to be a child. Leslie went on to explain that our coaches are the lifeblood of the charity and through their skill, tenacity and determination we are lifting children out of poverty, war and disease

The event concluded with a networking reception.​

For more information on the Right To Play's women's network, click here

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Rejuvenate your body and soul: meditation and nutrition for 2018, Thursday 1st February 2018​ 
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Our first Women's Network event of the year was a relaxed and informative introduction to healthy eating and a talk on meditation for wellness and a guided meditation.

Adria Wu, owner of Maple & Kings, entrepreneur, Le Cordon Bleu trained chef and regular guest chef on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch shared her wealth of knowledge on building delicious, nutritious food into your day.

Niraj Shah then led guests through a "no crystals, no mumbo jumbo" guided meditation session, followed by an insightful exploration of the robust science behind these practices and some practical takeaways. Niraj started MEDITATION: UNLOCKED, an event series designed for London's curious but sceptical professionals.

Previous events

See summaries and highlights from each of our previous events below.

Well-being event with Crista Cullen – 16 March 2017
Members and friends networking event - 13th October 2016
Dr Ellen Stofan - 21st January 2016
Baroness Susan Greenfield - 8th October 2015
Martina Navratilova & Judy Murray - 2nd July 2015
Christiane Amanpour - 2nd October 2014
Billie Jean King - 20th June 2014