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Helping women through sport

Friday March 13th, 2020

Funding for Sport Relief projects championing gender equality.sports 2

Sports projects in Africa that tackle social issues affecting women and girls are to receive £1.75 million funding in a collaboration between the Scottish Government and Comic Relief.

Funding for Levelling the Field Phase II will build on the success of the first joint programme by supporting organisations that use sport to challenge issues such as violence against women in Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia. It will also increase access to education, employment and training to marginalised women and girls.

International Development Minister Jenny Gilruth announced the new phase of funding at an event to celebrate Sport Relief in Davidson’s Mains Primary School, Edinbrugh. She was joined by Tackle Africa, a previous funding grantee that use the power and popularity of football to deliver HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights information to young people in Africa.

Ms Gilruth said:

“We know that sport can be a powerful tool for social change so I’m pleased to announce the Scottish Government is again teaming up with Comic Relief to build on the success of our previous work together for Levelling the Field Phase II. We’ve been working together for eight years now, and it is through this partnership, and the public’s generosity, that we have been able to support organisations using sport to tackle challenges faced by women in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.

It’s been great to see how one of the grantees, Tackle Africa, use the funding in practice and also hearing of the excellent fundraising activities by the pupils and staff at Davidson’s Mains Primary School over the past few years.”

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