They are five times Brazilian roller derby champions, and have already participated in championships in Argentina. The league is a full member of the WFTDA, the international body that governs and promotes roller derby sport and revolutionises the role of women in sports through the collective voice of their leagues all around the world.
Birria de Giales, Panama
"Por Canchas Libres de Violencia Macho" Birria de Giales is a young organization that was born as a denouncement movement. In the process, it was joined by other young people, especially from popular neighbourhoods who were looking for a safe space to exercise sports and their gender identity freely. The majority of the group is made up of young people who belong to LGBTIQ+, Afro-descendant, migrant and low-income population.
Centro Transdisciplinario de Estudios en Género, México
CETREG aims to help women in general and lesbians in particular to obtain knowledge of self-defense, emotional and physical self-care. Likewise, CETREG is committed to collective analysis and knowledge about a context that is violent and deadly against women in general and lesbo-misogyny in particular. This is done through collective work that follows an intersectional and feminist methodology from which lessons are derived from the diverse experiences and realities of women and lesbians specifically.
Komon tajkoltajvatik A. C. ( juntas nos ayudemos asociación Civil), México
Komon tajkoltajvatik is a group of young people from the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, which is dedicated to the promotion, dissemination, and defense of human rights and gender equality. It carries out various activities such as teaching workshops on human rights and gender equality in public schools, personal entrepreneurship, and promotes sports. Another of their activities is to collect funds, effectively or in kind to take it to the most vulnerable places in Chiapas.
Proyecto Documental Skate en Cuba, Cuba
A community dedicated to Cuban skateboarding supporting young skaters in Cuba.
Fundación GOLEES (Género, Orgullo, Libertad y Empoderamiento de Ellas en la Sociedad), Costa Rica
Through football, GOLEES creates spaces for social transformation where girls and women can develop fully, without patriarchal restrictions or any inequality. For GOLEES, football is synonymous of freedom.
Asia and the Pacific
Myanmar Women's Self Defense Center, Myanmar
Myanmar Women's Self-Defense Center is a women-run and women-owned business based in Yangon that seeks to provide self-defense training to individuals and communities that need it. They provide training through community defense classes at a number of locations in the city, through public awareness demonstrations, and through on-site training for businesses and organisations. Their goal is to have people of all genders, ages, and sexualities achieve the strength, safety, and self-confidence to thrive in a modern Myanmar by combating harassment, assault, abuse, and bullying of any kind.
National Indigenous Disabled Women Association Nepal (NIDWAN), Nepal
NIDWAN works for the most marginalised group of young indigenous women with disabilities to protect and promote their social, cultural, economic, educational, environmental and sports rights to make a just, fair, inclusive and equitable society for ALL.
Black Pearl Rugby League Safe House, Papua New Guinea
Black Pearl is a Rugby League Safe House that was created for females below the age of 30 living in the notorious 2 Mile settlements of the Moresby South Electorate, Port Moresby, PNG. The organisation was an initiative to provide an equal platform for women living in the settlements to participate in the sport Rugby League and a driving force to create change in the mindsets of young women to live a more meaningful life with added value despite the everyday struggles and challenges. Black Pearl is not just a Rugby League Club but also a Safe House , it is a place of freedom where each woman can be themselves and to freely express themselves.
People's Ultimate League, India
People’s Ultimate League (PUL), is a grassroots initiative aimed at persons who have traditionally been discouraged from sport. The PUL’s approach is based on “Ultimate Frisbee”, a mixed-gendered, self-refereed, low-contact, team sport played in over 85 countries. Unlike other sports that have separate divisions for men and women, in Ultimate Frisbee all players play together, irrespective of their gender identity. With one of its three leaders identifying as non-binary, PUL strives to take the sport beyond the binary genders, and engage with transgender communities, non-binary and gender-fluid persons, as well as others who fall under the LGBTQ+ spectrum.
Chitral Women Sports Club, Pakistan
Chitral Women’s Sports Club is an NGO that works to create a safe environment for young Chitrali girls to engage in sporting activities.
Vientiane Lions Rugby Club, Laos
Vientiane Lions is a rugby club based in Vientiane, Laos led by young women providing opportunities for all to play sport.
Europe and Central Asia
Women Skate the World, Netherlands
Women Skate the World works to inspire, empower and engage people through skateboarding. Find more info on
Les Dégommeuses, France
Les Dégommeuses is both a lesbian-led football team and an association that campaigns against discrimination in sport and through sport. They exist since 2012 and gather around 75 members. Their actions target sexism, homophobia and racism through an intersectional approach.
Bike Bridge, Germany
Bike Bridge is a non-governmental and voluntary-based community leisure organisation targeting primarily (newly arrived) female asylum-seekers and refugees. The main objectives of Bike Bridge are to combat social isolation of refugees and asylum-seeking women, foster their spatial and social mobility and enable community cohesion mainly through recreational biking in different cities in Germany.
Feminist Diving Collective, Poland
The feminist diving collective Bojka is an initiative based on the principles of ecological political feminism. The group brings together girls with varying degrees of physical abilities. Their activities oscillate between counteracting discrimination (marginalisation of women), fighting for the aquatic environment (with particular emphasis on the coral reef), and using diving as a tool for self-empowerment, emancipation, and crushing patriarchy. Girls describe themselves as mermaids.
Les Hijabeuses-Alliance Citoyenne, France
Les Hijabeuses-Alliance Citoyenne is an organization launched in January 2020 within the Muslim Women's Union. It was built to redress an injustice and allow all young women to play soccer without being excluded because of their religion. It is part of a larger group leading a national campaign for Muslim women's civil rights for access to sport in France.
Middle East and North Africa
Toward A Better Tomorrow for Development and Empowerment, Jordan
They were set up with the goal of responding to women and adolescents' needs and protecting refugee girls and women from sexual and gender-based violence, and providing them with the information and soft skills necessary to overcome the challenges that come with forced migration and gender inequality. Their work is based on a good understanding of the concept of self-power of the girls. Their work focuses on yoga and self-defense courses which help girls focus on their strengths and regain energy. In this way, girls restore control over their life. In addition, hiking in the historical and local sites, helps the organisation to distribute messages in the community of gender equality and girls' empowerment.
SheFighter is the first self-defense studio/program designed to empower women physically and psychologically through self-defense.
Basket Beats Borders, Lebanon
Basket Beats Borders (BBB) is a movement of young women who want to break stereotypes and empower themselves. Born in the Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila in Beirut, Lebanon, the women's basketball team compromises of players from different backgrounds.
Savage Rugby Club, Botswana
Savage Rugby Club is a sport club for young women to use rugby to develop self-confidence, help overcome social and personal challenges as well as to learn values and acceptable behaviour in society.
Care and Dignity Foundation (CDF), Nigeria
Care and Dignity Foundation is a trans-led non-profit working to advance and support the equal rights, recognition and well-being of trans women in Nigeria.
Western Kenya LBQT feminist Forum (Lets Be Tested Queens CBO), Kenya
The organisation's main mandate is to build an intersectional feminist movement that will enable LBQ and ITGNC Womxn participation in decision making, social and economic engagement. Their core interests are based on these thematic areas: human rights and policy advocacy, mental health, inclusive health, gender-based violence and institutional strengthening.
ForOneAnother is a community-based group and feminist movement in Southern Nigeria. Their aim is to mainstream gender equality in the Nigerian culture by empowering the girl child. Founded in May 2019, their work focuses on: reproductive rights activism, girl child education, and gender equality in sports. They hope for a world where every girl has access to equal opportunities as her male counterpart, in politics, business, academics, sports and bodily autonomy. ForOneAnother is not waiting for anyone, they are starting from their immediate community in Nigeria. ForOneAnother is a women-led feminist group addressing an understated problem in an underserved community. They challenge a long-standing culture through an unconventional means: sports. ForOneAnother believes in inclusion; hence they focus on a significant yet underrepresented population.
Eagle Wings Youth Initiative, Tanzania
Eagle Wings was established to uplift the rights of the lesbian, bisexual, queer and trans women under the age of 30 to be able to live responsibly in harmony with the rest of the society by advocating for their rights to legal support, economic empowerments, sexual reproductive health rights, sports and games as well as their safety and security.
Trans Youth Initiative-Uganda(TYI-Uganda), Uganda
Trans Youth Initiative-Uganda (TYI-Uganda) is a human rights advocacy organisation that advocates for the rights, issues and concerns of rural transgender youth women, transgender youth women sex workers and gender diverse youth in western Uganda.