Some great news at TackleAfrica today, as Beyond Sport officially announced their shortlist for their prestigious 2017 awards. We are delighted to have been shortlisted alongside two other organisations in the Sport for Health and Wellbeing category for our programme working with Plan Tanzania and the Children’s Dignity Forum against Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage called “Let Her Choose”. Now in its ninth year, the 2017 Beyond Sport Global Awards will celebrate, support, raise awareness and provide funding for ways sport is being used to help make the Global Goals for sustainable development a reality.
We have been shortlisted for our innovative and ground-breaking programme working in Tarime district, using specially designed football drills to reach both men and women in the community, to try to reduce and eventually eliminate the harmful cultural practices of Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage. Unlike male circumcision, cutting female genitalia has no health benefits at all, and actually does great long-term harm both physically and psychologically to the girl. Child Marriage puts girls at risk of early pregnancy and often means they drop out of school, being denied the right to education and to a safe and happy life. We are proud to have designed the curriculum for this programme and to have trained football coaches in Tarime to deliver this information to their communities.
The 2017 Beyond Sport Global Awards Official Shortlist showcases 37 organizations across a range of categories that are successfully using sport to promote and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The 37 shortlisted organizations highlight a diverse portfolio of work, from organizations raising awareness of endangered marine habitats through sailing with fishermen in Vietnam; to the use of triathlon in empowering adolescent girls in Long Island; to a ground-breaking digital media training program which uses football to provide underserved youth with the skills, support and a public platform to make their voices heard. This year’s shortlist represents issues such as: health, gender, STEM education, equality, climate change, accessibility and inclusion, tech and employability.
We hope you join us in wishing us luck for the winners’ announcement, and also our fellow nominees who are doing fantastic work around the globe in promoting sport for development!
For more details about Beyond Sport, visit http://www.beyondsport.org/Awards
To read about our programme in Tarime, visit http://tackleafrica.org/latest-news/tackling-child-marriage-and-female-genital-mutilation/