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DISCOVER FOOTBALL Annual Review 2020

Dear friends*,
Dear supporters* of DISCOVER FOOTBALL,

We are looking back on a year that was certainly not easy for anyone. We were lucky that our projects could take place despite the pandemic - even if differently than planned!
This year we reached over 100 women
* from Lebanon with our project. Although the big planned festival and women's football tournament in Northern Lebanon could not take place, over 30 women* from the region participated in a leadership programme to empower women* in leadership positions in football and sports.
Even though it was really not easy to do without the face-to-face meetings with our volunteers and project participants, we met very committed women
* again this year, discussed many topics and expanded our network.
We would like to thank the UDP_NL team in Tripoli and our participants for their cooperation and flexibility.
Stay healthy and let's hope that next year 2021 our DISCOVER FOOTBALL Festival in summer as well as international meetings will be possible again.

Have a very nice start into the year 2021!


 R E V I E W  January 2020
Promoting Gender Equality through Women's Empowerment in football in North Lebanon and the MENA Region
We invited 20 women* from North Lebanon and the MENA region to Berlin to share specific challenges and experiences, develop leadership skills, strengthen team-building skills, and elaborate on the multiple meanings of women's football with a special focus on North Lebanon and the MENA region in a conference from January 16-19, 2020.
More information about the project: here!
 R E V I E W  Autumn 2020
In October and November 2020 over 30 women* participated in a leadership programme in Tripoli. Twice a week, they had the opportunity to participate in workshops, both online and in a venue, to empower and promote women* in leadership positions in sports or women* who are striving for such positions. Finally, each participant organized an own sports event and put the knowledge she learned into practice.
"Promoting Gender Equality through Women’s Empowerment in Football in North Lebanon and the MENA Region" is part of the Local Development Programme for Urban Areas in North Lebanon (UDP_NL) that is implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in partnership with DISCOVER FOOTBALL and the Ministry of Social Affairs. UDP_NL is co-funded by the European Union and Germany.
 REVIEW  2020
Based on the results of a study in 2019, the report Why we need structures to change: an analysis of the barriers for women in sports leadership in Europe was published in the second year of the project.
The publication Women’s leadership and decision-making within sport supports the report by providing readers with strategies for action through best practice examples. Both publications are available in English, German, Swedish, Italian, as well as Polish and are available free of charge.
After project activities had to pause for several months due to knock-on effects of the COVID pandemic, we are extremely happy that we are now able to resume working on this important topic. In the new year we have many exciting activities planned: we are planning to produce a training toolkit, run online training events for leaders in sport (current and potential), host an event in Berlin and test a reporting model for gender-based discrimination in sport.

More information about the project: here!
The project is co-financed through the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
O U T L O O K  2 0 2 1
Projekt "Strengthening women in and through football in Iraq (all regions)"
Our next project will focus on women's football in Iraq and the surrounding regions. We will closely work with 20 women* from Iraq and the region for a year (conferences, seminars, online sessions, festival). We are looking forward to work with experts from the region in 2021.

12-month programme for women* in leadership positions in football/futsal
Currently, women* from Iraq (all regions) can apply for our programme. You can find the call for applications here. Feel free to forward it to your contacts.

Online survey for women* in football/futsal in Iraq (all regions)
The online survey can be found on our homepage and feel free to forward it: here!

August 2021
Conference in Berlin with 20 female football player and experts from Iraq and surrounding regions.

November 2021 in Iraq or in the surrounding region
A DISCOVER FOOTBALL Women's Football & Culture Festival will take place next automn in Iraq or in a surrounding region. It will be the finale event of our one-year project with our partner GIZ!
More information about the project: here!

Project financed by the GIZ commissioned by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany.
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