During the Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination, we feature a woman who is using her story in table tennis to inspire others: Maira Ranzeiro, the first ever black table tennis champion in Brazil.

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Olympian, Pan American Games winner, Top-20 in ITTF World Ranking – everything Adriana achieved before the age of 20. Now, she is raising her voice towards gender inequalities in life and in table tennis.

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FEMpowerment – the new norm of the International Table Tennis Community, on the International Women’s Day, and every other day

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If you have not heard of the name Mayssa Bsaibes, it is only a matter of time. IOC Young Leader, WTTD Promoter, PhD student in Gender Equality in Sport in Lebanon, Table Tennis coach and instructor: Mayssa shares how circumstance of her journey so far has shaped who she is and her fight for gender equality in sport. And it seems like she is only getting started.

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All the information on what is happening for International Women’s Day 2021

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French player Carole Grundisch has faced gender inequality in many instances in her athletic career. In light of Zero Discrimination Day, celebrated annually on 1 March, we want to share the story about a woman that never let anything hold her back.

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A known face and name in the Parkinson’s movement and table tennis community, many people know the Danish player for her bright and bubbly personality. Her commitment and relentless optimism are contagious. But the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease has not always been a source of motivation and force – it even made her put down her paddle once. Elisabeth “Lizzi” Ildal told us how she picked it up again.

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An incidence rate of 89 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the Coronavirus pandemic reached a peak last December in Croatia. Adding to the crisis, the central part of the south eastern European country was hit by a series of devasting earthquakes. A humanitarian disaster, lives were lost, buildings and infrastructure destroyed.

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We wish to congratulate our Ambassador Sarah Hanffou to have been selected as part of the incubator initiated by the French Agency for Development (AFD) and Paris 2024 contributing to sustainable development.

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The changemaker series are a set of interviews that look to move the spotlight from the usual “project impact and outcomes” of our regular work. This is an opportunity to illustrate the humans behind the projects – those who choose to go above and beyond. We hope it will inspire others to do the same and serve as testimony that however big or small your dream, it is possible to bring positive social change to your community. These are the everyday heroes in the Dream Building Fund Programme.

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