Inclusion through sports for migrant women: SCORE identified 15 best practices

Thursday 26 November 2020

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Yet migrant & refugee women face multiple forms of prejudices which place them in a situation of vulnerability, finding hard the access to services, job opportunities and training in host countries.

The SCORE project aims to facilitate social contact between different ethnic groups and promote sense of belonging and shared identity with local community to increase tolerance and reduce prejudices. Moreover it aims to a constructive dialogue between professionals working in the field of sport and migrant & refugee women, driving a change towards an inclusive system by reinforcing the idea of sport as a tool of social inclusion.

From the online questionnaires, partners found out that the higher challenge of female sports is to “fight the stereotypes in sports”, and the lack of financial support in terms of facilities and equipment. Almost half of the interviewed highlighted education of young girls as the most important action that should be taken, together with the role of sportspersons’ education regarding female participation.

The lack of sport participation is an important challenge that affects negatively an effective integration in the host country. There are practical reasons behind that such as difficulties in transportation, language barriers, family duties and lack of information about sport activities; while on the other hand cultural reasons refer to the gender of the other players and/or coaches, together with family disagreement for sport participation and discomfort for sport clothes.

SCORE identified 15 best practices with regard to migrant & refugee women participation in local grassroots sport activities giving a safe space to increase mutual tolerance and respect, as well as to reduce prejudice and xenophobia.

Now partners are working on the Capacity Building Training Course to support coaches in developing professional skills to foster dialogue and prevent discriminatory practices, as well as to carry out inclusion process for migrant & refugee women trough sport activities.

For more information contact Luisa Zappalà –  luisa.zappala@cesie.org and visit the official FB page: https://www.facebook.com/WomenScore2020/

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