Asamblea: Of Hearty Laughs, Compassion& The Best Gossip
by Nyambura M. Waruingi Sandra Castro Pinzón of Tan Grande y Jugando (Colombia) delivered the resounding culmination to our October 2022...
As part of this, in 2021, the ONSIDE Fund launched a call for applications for current ONSIDE grantees interested in receiving a learning grant. The purpose of these learnings grants was two-fold; (1) respond to knowledge gaps by generating new learnings that are specific to the region and context of selected groups and (2) further contribute to the discussion on feminism, sport and gender justice in ways that privilege the knowledge, narratives and experiences of selected groups.
After a selection process by members of the ONSIDE Advisory Committee (OAC) together with Women Win, 5 groups were selected to receive a learning grant, with each group deciding the topic, format and language of the final learning 'outputs'. While each 'output' is owned by the groups who produced them, in the spirit of knowledge sharing and exchange, each group has consented for the learnings to be open-sourced and available here on the ONSIDE website.
This research is thus carried out as a way to contribute, from the experiences of the organizations, elements that allow explaining the relationship between the practice of sports and the strengthening of leadership and empowerment of Indigenous Women. In this setting, the aim is to promote the visibility of the opportunities that sports bring to women in different ways (cultural, spiritual, rights, economic, etc.).
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Highlighting the power of roller derby as a space for inclusion and acceptance, with this short video Gray City Rebels aims to showcase the sport, predominantly practised by women and non-binary people, and encourage greater participation. In addition, the video explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on roller derby groups in Brazil and emphasises how playing sport is beneficial for both physical and mental health.
(Portuguese with English subtitles)
Amplifying the experiences of a variety of young female athletes competing in diverse sports including football, fencing, gymnastics and Tae Kwon Do, this video by Towards A Better Tomorrow for Development and Empowerment aims to challenge entrenched societal norms and encourage more girls, women and non-binary people to start playing sports.
(Arabic with English subtitles)
Examining the systemic discrimination faced by women and gender non-conforming individuals within football in Kenya, Western Kenyan LGBT Feminist Forum carried out an in-depth study and focus group discussions with members of 8 Kenyan football teams. The findings from this have been published in a survey report and position paper, which also include recommendations for the Kenyan Football Federation on how they can make football, on multiple levels, a more inclusive space.
Through their short role-play video produced in Tzotzil (the language of the Tzotzil Maya, an indigenous community in Mexico), Komon highlights the differing societal norms and expectations placed on girls and boys and shares how these can look within specific indigenous communities. Aiming to confront deep-rooted machismo, the video promotes gender justice within sports and explores the value of girls being allowed to play and practice sports.
(Tzotzil with Spanish and English subtitles)
Through their ‘Play with Pride’ Handbook available in Hindi, Tamil and English, People’s Ultimate have curated a short guide for sports teams, supporting them to create truly inclusive spaces for all gender identities. The Handbook defines common terminology, highlights the importance of language in making people feel included and shares some practical suggestions. In parallel to this, PUL have developed an online ‘Play with Pride’ illustrated archive, documenting the stories of different individuals and specifically exploring how their gender identity has influenced their experience of sports. This aims to be a living space, with the collection continuously updated with new stories and experiences.