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FUNDING SOLUTIONS TO ADVANCE GENDER JUSTICE IN GAMING AND ESPORTS

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During its first call, the ONSIDE Fund received over 800 applications from 105 countries using a broad range of sports to advance gender justice. Out of the 836 received applications, only two of them had a focus on gaming or esports. Especially with mobility and gathering restrictions around the world due to COVID-19, esports and gaming are gaining further traction and relevance. More and more, young people are turning around to gaming and esports while the physical pitches are closed. Despite the increase in numbers, these online spaces can also be places of brutal harassment and abuse, unhealthy and oppressive pressure and predatory practices, mirroring and an extension of the sexual and gender-based violence, discrimination and harassment that girls, women and non-binary people experience in the physical world.

 

At its core, ONSIDE was created to expose and analyse inequities and exclusion in sports from a feminist perspective. We envision a future where every girl, woman and non-binary individual exercises their right to play.

ONSIDE Gaming is a fund that aims to support girls/women/non-binary people-led initiatives that promote and advocate for gender justice to and through esports and gaming. Together, we will channel financial and influencing resources to support girls, women and non-binary people who are taking action in local, global, and virtual communities to build an equal gaming ecosystem.

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THE CONTEXT

Girls, women and non-binary people are on the rise in gaming and esports and are leveraging those platforms to advance gender justice and advocate for digital inclusion in their communities. The constraints and risks that girls, women and non-binary people in this context are facing are at the same time catalysts for change. More and more we see adolescent girls, young women and non-binary young individuals coming together to create alternative visions of what they want gaming and esports to be like, how they want to operate, organise, and advocate, and have greater clarity about the tools they will need to do so, and the values that can be embedded within them.

ONSIDE Gaming envisions a world where girls, women and non-binary people exercise their right to play. We know that the creativity and innovation required for achieving gender justice is already out there, knitting itself through bonds of sisterhood and solidarity. All they need now are the resources to put their ideas into practice.

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THE HOW

SHARED GOVERNANCE

As a fund, ONSIDE Gaming has set up processes that reflect a shared power structure, which includes distributing decision-making power through participatory governance structures that are “bottom-up”.

ONSIDE Gaming actively looks to support all cis, trans, non-binary and all other underrepresented groups and communities such as black, indigenous, mestizas, people of colour, LGBTIQ+, refugees, and migrant girls and women with or without disabilities.

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If you are interested in fundraising or supporting ONSIDE Gaming to advance gender justice visit our Tiltify page.