Project profile — Girls' Capacity Strengthening through Sport and Play


Right To Play International (CA-CRA_ACR-3888804218)
2021-09-08 - 2026-06-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Senegal (100.00%)


• Basic Education: Basic life skills for youth (11231) (48.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Family planning (13030) (2.00%)
• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (20.00%)
Media and free flow of information (15153) (1.00%)
Human rights (15160) (7.00%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (5.00%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (9.00%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services: Culture and recreation (16061) (8.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (significant objective)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project uses sport and play to develop life skills such as leadership, communication and self-esteem, to support the empowerment of girls and young women in situation of vulnerability in two regions of Senegal, Ziguinchor and Sedhiou. Project activities include: (1) Establishing and empowering girls’ sports and play groups; (2) Conducting social mobilization campaigns in communities on human rights and gender equality issues; (3) Empowering adolescent girls (and boys as their allies) to be agents of change and advocate with government officials on issues of concern to them; and (4) Training coaches to use play-based approaches to improve life skills and advance gender equality. Girls and adolescent girls aged 10 to 17, including those living with disabilities, are the primary stakeholders of the project. Boys engaged as peers and allies also benefit from sports-and play-based training, mentorship and opportunities. Families/caregivers, communities, officials, journalists, sports coaches and mentors also benefit from this initiative.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) lncreased agency of adolescent girls and young women living in a situation of vulnerability and marginalization to realize their rights within their families and communities; (2) Increased adhesion by family and community members to support gender equality and the realization of adolescent girls’ rights and young women; and (3) Increased accountability of key institutions to respect and protect the rights of adolescent girls and young women.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include : (1) 42 girls' clubs created and strengthened in targeted communes. They have integrated sports and recreational activities aimed at promoting understanding of reproductive health rights and gender-based violence (GBV); (2) 1,922 adolescent girls and young women who are members of the clubs took part in sports; (3) 387 boys trained in life skills, positive masculinity and GBV prevention, and 916 girls trained in decision-making, self-esteem and leadership; (4) the number of girls and boys who reported confidence in expressing their ideas increased by 21.5%; (5) 199 coaches - 129 men and 70 women – supported in adapting and customizing their approaches to better promote inclusive sports activities; (6) 159 coaches - 117 men and 42 women - trained in using play-based approaches to promote life skills, reproductive health rights and menstrual hygiene management.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $2,200,000
Planned disbursement $1,985,190
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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