Getting to know your body better, acquiring healthier habits or gaining confidence… sports can be a tool to educate children but also to enhance gender equality.
Through its Erasmus + programme, the EU has been funding initiatives that support inclusiveness in athletics events, fostering social inclusion but also gender equality.
The inaugural "She Runs: Active Girls' Lead", the first international school event to promote girls' health, gender equality and leadership through school sport, took place in Paris, France from March 12-15, welcoming 500 young women from 33 countries and four continents.
In a period when Europe appears to be increasingly divided, sports can help bring people together and promote social integration, the president of the International School Sport Federation (ISF) and education expert Laurent Petrynka told EURACTIV in an interview.
World champions and Olympic athletes are helping empower school girls through sports to become leaders in their communities, thanks to an EU funded project.