April 6 is coming... Are you ready?
It feels like yesterday that we celebrated the 2020 edition of World Table Tennis Day from home. We believe, that these unique and challenging times have made us and the World Table Tennis Day movement even stronger!
On 6 April 2021, our focus will be even more on inclusiveness and we hope you will join us. So, save the date and take this opportunity of celebrating this special day to raise awareness of gender equality in your community! Because table tennis is FUN and should be shared with everybody.
6 months to go then it's April 6 again!! Within the next 6 months, we hope to welcome you (again) to the World Table Tennis Day (WTTD) movement, whose geographical distribution grew from year to year: In 2015, people from 70 countries and territories celebrated this special day for the very first time at small and big events, whereas in 2020 people from 171 countries and territories were already celebrating – this time mainly from home.
What are you waiting? TOGETHER we can set a new record!
Even if Covid-19 is still present in some countries or territories, we will make it a blast with your help – from home, from the park, the gym, … or wherever you would like to celebrate from to make WTTD and our beloved sport even more popular, universal and inclusive.
Speaking of inclusiveness... Take our beloved sport and use it as a tool to organise an event focussing more on socially developing your community.
What is the topic for WTTD 2021?
2021 will be about Gender Equality and FEMpowerment through Table Tennis!
So, save the date, mark 6 April 2021 in your calendar right now and contribute to social development in your community!
In the upcoming months, we will send out a bi-weekly newsletter to inspire you and provide you with tools that will help you using table tennis for inclusiveness. Remember, this is an opportunity for you and we'd love to guide you step by step.
In general, table tennis and many other sports are facing a low participation rate of women and girls. World Table Tennis Day is a perfect excuse not only to celebrate but also to attract new players to our sport. With the 2021 preparation we will provide you with useful tools about how to get more women and girls to the table and how to keep them on board on the long term. Because table tennis is fun and should be shared with everybody.
Of course, this is not the only argument: Unfortunately, girls and women constitute the largest group of disadvantaged people in the WORLD. This is an unfair situation because all genders should have the same human rights, which has still not been achieved in many parts of the world. Therefore, we (and hopefully you, too) want to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.
Above this, data shows a dramatic increase of violence against women and girls since the outbreak of Covid-19, in particular domestic violence. As many of them struggle to access services such as health, police, and sport facilities, you could be the person to create a safe environment for them through your WTTD celebration. Do not hesitate! JOIN US NOW!
Everyone - INCLUDING BOYS AND MEN - has to be included
We believe that everyone is equal and that the fight for equal fundamental human rights is not only related to girls and women! Everyone – including boys and men – has to be involved!! No matter which gender, age, race, religion, culture, and physical ability you are: We simply ask YOU to use your passion for table tennis and your motivation to do something good to take WTTD as a reason to raise awareness for gender equality in your community!
Be one of the empowered people to empower girls and women through table tennis! Support them! Find your way to help them develop skills and knowledge to become an equal partner and player.