Fostering Self-Esteem and Empowerment
The empowerment of girls and women involves the increased ability to make strategic life choices in contexts where this ability was previously limited. A necessary precursor to empowerment, self-esteem is defined as a person’s overall self-appraisal and feeling of self-worth. Self-esteem is essential to mental health and well-being. The SDP IWG Report, “Harnessing the Power of Sport for Development and Peace: Recommendations to Governments”, made the following policy and programmatic recommendations which Member States, with SDP IWG support, are encouraged to implement:
- Recognize the benefits of sport for girls and women, by formally designing national sport policies to target the advancement of gender equity, empowerment, and improved quality of life for girls and women.
- Examine gender equity policies and initiatives with a focus on sport opportunities – to find additional ways to use sport to empower women and girls.
- Involve women and girls in policy development and planning.
- Invest in building the capacity of women and sport organizations to ensure women have an adequate voice.
- Reinforce policies with appropriate legislation, regulations and funding for sport programmes that promote gender equity.
- Embed gender equity in a broader government agenda, mainstreaming it across the full range of government policy and programme areas, consistent with the protection and enforcement of fundamental human rights.
- Ensure that existing sport programmes introduce or enhance gender equity and empowerment.
- Empower girls and women by appointing women to lead national local sport initiatives.
- Work with women in sport organizations to develop best practices to help address common safety issues for girls and women in sport.
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