The successful implementation of the first co-financed project under the Sport for Mental Health and Social Cohesion Programme was the result of a collaborative effort involving FIFA, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) – commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development – and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).
The above-mentioned project illustrates how football and sport in general can bridge social divides, bring people together and make societies more inclusive. Following on from this initiative, FIFA and GIZ are launching the Sport for Women’s Empowerment Programme, which focuses on gender equality. FIFA and GIZ were put in contact by the AFD and have committed to expanding their partnership through the implementation of this project.
From November 2, 2023, organisations across 30 GIZ’s partner countries will be able to submit project proposals under the programme. In order to be eligible for consideration, projects must use sport as a tool to:
- combat gender inequality;
- tackle gender-based and sexual violence; or
- empower and strengthen the role of women.
“The Sport for Women’s Empowerment Programme is a great opportunity to contribute to empowering girls and women through the transformative and bridging power of sport. Supporting projects that address gender inequalities and foster female leadership lies at the heart of Germany’s Feminist Development Policy,” says GIZ Head of Programme – Sport for Development Jens Elsner.
A total of 16 projects will be selected by the operating partner association – La Guilde – that focus on addressing gender inequalities and facilitating women’s access to leadership positions, professional integration, life skills and health through sport.
The initiative aligns with the eight activties under the FIFA Women’s Development Programme, which aims to enhance the growth of the female game, and Germany’s Feminist Development Policy, which has been implementing and developing an approach focused on sport for gender equality for over ten years. GIZ and FIFA will work together to initiate change in societies worldwide in order to recognise gender equality as a human right and put this principle into practice.
Call for proposals – application process:
Three of the selected projects submitted by FIFA member associations will receive financial support from world football’s governing body. The remaining thirteen projects will be subsidised by GIZ, with at least 30% of its funding to be allocated to African organisations.