Creating hope beyond sport.

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The Beyond Sport Summit, held this week in London, is an initiative promoting the use of sport for positive social change amongst young people globally. Awards were presented to particularly successful projects and I would like to draw attention to two winners that I found especially inspiring. The Girls Kick It Project in Northern Uganda won the Sport for Social Exclusion Award. This scheme is based in an area with a history of civil war, violence and gender inequality where many women and gir...


A huge leap towards gender equality.

Posted July 25, 2012 no picture

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With the announcement that Saudi Arabia along with Qatar and Brunei will have female athletes competing at the Olympics, London 2012 will be a ground-breaking event with women taking part from every nation. This move, which has been fiercely opposed by many religious conservatives, represents a great shift towards gender equality and should bring much hope to women throughout the Muslim world. However we must make sure that this is not a hollow victory. Progress towards rights for women remains...


I will be cheering for Guor!

Posted July 25, 2012 no picture

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I would like to draw attention to an incredibly inspiring South-Sudanese born athlete who has triumphed over extreme adversity to compete in London 2012 Olympics: Guor Marial grew up amidst bitter and violent civil war in Sudan with very little childhood or hope. After 28 members of his family were killed by the Sudanese government and having been kidnapped by gunmen, Marial escaped from a labour camp and fled Sudan aged 8. He eventually reached the United States where he took up athletics and...



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