Sports for girls

Centre for Social Research (CSR) has more than a decade long experience of implementing projects and programmes on the issue of gender biased sex selection in Delhi and Haryana, two of the most skewed sex ratio states in India. We have received appreciation for using novel and innovative strategies not only to spread social awareness, but also conducting medical audits and policy advocacy at the governmental level. Consequently, CSR was chosen as the nodal agency of Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), Government of India, to implement “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” (BBBP) programme in Ambala, Kurukshetra, Jhajjar, Gurugram and Mahendragarh districts of Haryana.

Keeping in mind the rising women sports players from Haryana; CSR in 2017 implemented a project entitled “Sports for Girls: Confidence Building and Increasing the Value of girl Children in 5 districts in Haryana”- with support from the Australian High Commission. This project aimed to address discrimination against girls and women in accessing education and sports. Our project was a step forward in achieving gender equality by sensitizing communities towards merit of sport for girls. Key to our approach was making girls economically worthy for the family and the community at large which will help in building acceptability for them.

Outcomes achieved in the five districts:

  • Scoping Study in the five selected districts.
  • Enrollment drives to promote female sign up at beginning of the program.
  • 100 Small scholarships to support equipment and training for girl children.
  • Mentorship activities by local women in sports.
  • Organization of one district and one sub-district level female sports competitions at each of the selected districts.
  • 5 workshop and Speaking tours by national and international athlete role models.
  • Distribution of sports equipments to the participants who were involved in the competitions conducted by CSR.

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