January 28th, 2021

Gender and Sexual Identity in Girls’ Sports​

International exchange of practitioners 

13-15h (UTC + 1), Zoom


Thank you for attending our webinar Gender and Sexual Identity in Girls’ Sports held 28th of January!

You can download the pdf slides of the event here. A recording of the event is available here

Our first webinar Trans and Queer Themes in Girls and Youth Sports Clubs hosted by Girls in the Lead 10 December 2020 gathered many inspiring practitioners working to build more inclusive sports communities. The webinar included 36 sport for development practitioners (18 from Europe, 11 from India, 4 from Africa, one from MENA, 3 from North America) – and discovered a need for deeper discussion and collaboration. 

The aim of our second webinar is to discuss key themes that emerged in the first webinar in more detail, and provide a space for an international exchange and learning for practitioners in sport for development. 

The following topics will be discussed in the webinar: 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact info@girlsinthelead.org.

We are looking forward to seeing you 28 January!


13:00-13:10  Goals of Girls in the Lead and for today 

13:10-13:15  Who’s here? What do we want to discuss? 

13:15-13:45  Talk show with speakers 

13:45-14:30  Breakout Groups with speakers 

14:30-15:00  Summary of discussions and next steps  


Pia Mann

Pia Mann works for Discover Football. Discover Football hosted a conference Sport Disrupted: Sex_uality Matters on sexual orientation and gender identities in sport in October 2019.

Pia specializes in social work with a focus on trans and educational work of LGBTIQ+ refugees.

Itong Ehrke

 Itong Ehrke has been working as a project manager at Seitenwechsel for 20 years.

Seitenwechsel was founded in 1988 in Germany as a sports club for women, and is now the largest sports club for women and girls, trans, intersex and non-binary community in Europe.

Tony Gubesa

Tony Gubesa works for Grassroot Soccer, an adolescent health organization that leverages the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize at-risk youth in developing countries to overcome their greatest health challenges, live healthier, more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities.

 Grassroot Soccer is part of Play Proud – a coach-centred approach aimed at making sports programmes inclusive for the LGBTQ+ community. Through a cooperation with Comic Relief, coaches and programme managers from 10 grassroots football organisations will jointly implement a gender-sensitive methodology for 1,000 beneficiaries.

Aya Noguchi

Aya Noguchi is the co-director of Sport for Creating Pathways Japan. She is currently an assistant professor at Juntendo University. Her areas of expertise are Sport and Development and Sport and Gender and Sexuality. Besides her university job, she has done several lectures and been involved in some SDP and gender and sport projects run by NGOs and sport organizations.

Alison Carney

Alison Carney has worked over 10 years as a research consultant with international sport and development organizations. 

Alison’s work is based in a feminist and intersectional perspective and use participatory processes to support social change. 

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