Affective Leadership

for empowering girls and teenagers through sports

Asociación Colombiana De Mujer y Deporte

Girls, boys and adolescents constitute a vulnerable population group that is greatly affected by the Colombian conflict (drug traffic, terrorism and human right violations), and its multiple physical, cultural, psychological and economic effects associated with abuse, displacement, family disintegration, risk of direct or indirect recruitment and linkage to armed groups outside the law or to illegal groups associated with drug trafficking or organised crime - situations that violate their fundamental rights.

The linkage, recruitment, forced and/or voluntary employment of girls and adolescents by organised armed groups outside the law, has become one of the factors that negatively supports gender-based violence in Colombia.

All these expressions demand urgent actions and articulation of efforts aimed at preventing and addressing the problem and generating protective environments for their rights, focusing on the territories that offer the highest levels of risk.

Quindío is the smallest department in Colombia on the “Coffee Triangle”, and is the one that receive less budget, especially for physical activity, recreative and sports programmes. This region has the highest prevalence of legal and non-legal substance abuse (Alcohol, Marihuana and Cocaine) in the late childhood and adolescence.

Project start date: 18-01-2022
Project location: Calarcá, Quindío, Colombia

This educational project is oriented from the rights approach: through an experiential pedagogy using sports as a vehicle based on active learning - learning through listening and group activities. The methodology focuses on action and learning from direct their experiences or from their partners.

During the table tennis sessions, the group will be making individual and collective reflections that will allow them to start a new learning process about their bodies, values, gender, habits, relationships and fundamental human rights:

  • Education and training of parents and community leaders
  • Art as a means to build "self-being"
  • Sport as part of the integral training process
  • The body - territory where I live in

Contribution to the Global Goals

Target 5.1: End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere

Target 5.3: Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation

Target 5.6: Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences

Target 3.7: By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes

  • Individual Change
    • Promote education, support and self-awareness to girls and adolescents directly affected by the Colombian conflict
  • Community Change
    • Guarentee their protection rights through actions taking towards the constitution in protective environment for girls and adolescents by the local society, represented by the community, civic, and/or citizen organisations and their families
  • Institutional Change
    • Guarentee girls' and adolescents' protection rights by taking actions towards the instrumentalisation of the State at the local level with the corresponding entities
  • Behaviour and attitudes
    • Promote (from the participation of the young athletes and through empowerment processes) good and positive decision-making, body care and increase self-esteem
    • Development of values such as equity and inclusion
  • Knowledge and skills
    • Learn about gender, sexuality, body, child/adolescent rights, stereotypes, benefits of physical activity, protocols of prevention of harassment and sexual abuse, and violence prevention to reduce all types of violence in and out of the sports structure
    • Formation of competencies and values of responsible citizenship
  • Circumstance, quality of life or well-being
    • Empower girls to continue studying and helping them to apply to a sport scholarship to break the cycle of poverty and enhance access to quality education
    • Identification of key institutions and resources to avoid, prevent and resolve social problems affecting vulnerable communities
    • Generate a culture of healthy habits among women and girls
  • Participants have improved personal skills and abilities through sports training and social interactions
  • Participants recognise the institutions responsible for safeguarding and enhancing their rights
  • Participants recognise the roles, responsibilities, and value of their family, and the need to communicate better with their family
  • Participants have enhanced self-efficacy and confidence to develop responsible and inclusive practises related to their bodies, sexual and reproductive health, and sexuality
  • Participants have a clear understanding of contraception and the risks of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Participants understand the need to communicate medical emergencies or doubts with trained medical professionals, their families, and others available to support them
  • Participants develop healthy habits including physical activity, reduced screen time, positive and healthy relationships and self-care
  • Regular table tennis sessions to improve technical understanding, physical fitness, and coordinative skills with music
  • Regular educational sessions to improve self-efficacy, identify skills, abilities, and competencies
  • Sport training to enhance the sense of individual identity, ability, rights, and respect
  • Activities to improve communication, teamwork, and an understanding of social elements such as family and society
  • Sessions to enhance self-efficacy, and develop an inclusive understanding of ethics, gender and sexuality
  • Sessions to focus on sexual and reproductive health, free expression, increased self-esteem, and positive relationship-building to improve the quality of life
  • Dream Building Fund powered by GSD
  • Project leaders: Auris Espinel, Laura Forero, Claudia Garcia (table tennis coach), Gloria Montoya
  • Fund recipient: Asociación Colombiana De Mujer y Deporte (Asomujer y Deporte)

Project Partners

Quindío Table Tennis League, Quindío Government, Calarcá Mayor, Quindío University, Indeportes Quindío

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