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With the support of the Erasmus+ Sport program of the European Union, the ISF is paving the way for generations of women empowered through school sport.
She Runs will be year-long sport and education program, which flagship event will be held in Paris during the week of the International Women's day 2019. It aims to promote physical activity among young women, using the school sport environment as a levier for girls' empowerment.
The ISF takes action among its national members' 13-18 young practionners, as this is the age group where the disparity between men and women in the level of physical activity is the largest. By providing a strong educative and innovative approach, "She Runs" enlarges the possibility of sport for gender equality by using school sport as a lever for skills development.
With the cooperation of the French National School Sport Union (UNSS), 3400 girls (3000 local French participants and 400 international girls) will gather in Paris on March 13th 2019, under the Eiffel tower, to run together a symbolic race acknowledging the importance of girls engagement with physical activity.
Throughout the week, 400 girls (with their 100 adults mentors) coming from Europe and beyond, will also be invited to take part in multi-dimension activities linking sport, culture, education and innovation, while stressing the potential of sport in addressing gender equality. They will particularly develop project management skills in the field of sport.
Before the event, promotion campaign and selection process will contribute in the building of a solid network of young women leaders in the European world of school sport and beyond.
During the event, the multicultural group will share experiences and discover new physical activities, participate in a non-competitive race with 3000 local French participants, engage into a cultural programme linking history, women and sport in Paris, and be inspired by role models during a TEDtalk conference.
A smaller group of selected 30 participants will follow a training (Design Sprint methodology) to develop entrepreneurial key competences hands in hands with ISF event organisers.
After the event, these selected young leaders will raise awareness on the importance of sport as a tool for girls' empowerment, among their peers, and within the world school sport's network, by volunteering on three ISF events in the European Union.
A massive communication campaign will also be launched to spread the "She Runs" messages, ending with an official conference during the European Week of Sport 2019.
The ISF will be delighted to gather active stakeholders, either private or public, willing to join in the educational network working with sport as tool to achieve gender equality (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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