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The first edition of a worldwide school sport event – She Runs-Active Girls’ Lead


19 Feb 2019


She Runs-Active Girls’ Lead is the first international school event to promote girls’ health, emancipation, and leaders hip through school sport. The programme was developed by the International School Sport Federation (ISF) with the support of the European Commission (Erasmus + Sport Programme). The event on 13 March 2019 is a collaboration with the Union Nationale du Sport Scolaire (UNSS), which has been organising the Lyceenne MAIF RUN since 2017.
The She Runs-Active Girls’ Lead project will take place over 4 days, involving 500 girls aged 15 to 18 from 35 countries who will establish an international base camp of female leadership in Paris. From 12 to 15 March, She Runs-Active Girls’ Lead will shine the spotlight on sport, education, culture, and entrepreneurship for girls. In the heart of the French capital, the event is bringing together girls from all over the world around sport, but not only sport.
To reach gender equality, it is critical to lay the foundation for girls as early as possible. The International School Sport Federation-ISF believes that schools provide a healthy and inspiring environment in which young people can develop their personalities and their dreams. The ISF uses sport as a tool of emancipation to help young people grow and open up to the world.
Even as women’s sports are attracting increased attention and resources, 33% of girls and young women stop practising sport between the ages of 15 and 24, compared to just 15% of boys. In order to reverse this trend, the ISF offers girls the opportunity to be active as well discover the world, other cultures, and other lifestyles. Through international events such as She Runs, girls can develop aptitudes and skills that will be useful throughout their lives. Participants also learn about the impact sport has on health, along with the other benefits of regular physical activity.
It is because 80% of young people only engage in physical activity at school that this is the best time for girls to take part in sport, as well as social projects, talks, cultural visits, etc. The ISF created She Runs to help develop female leadership in society, media, and the business world. The main objective of the event is to promote the importance of sport for women, along with their right to do so, which is not a given in every country. We support the emancipation of women through sport from the earliest age.
Everything starts in school.
Even sport.
The International School Sport Federation (ISF) is an international non-profit sport organisation that sets up grassroots sport activities, events and competitions for young people aged between 13 to 18 years old. The ISF is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and promotes the values and interests of education through sport. It is the umbrella organisation for more than 120 national school sport entities around the world.


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