P4T believes in the power of Sports and Play as a tool to: create peaceful and harmonious environment, better health, and zero violence community; stress and frustration, discrimination, and stigma; promote gender equality, human rights, women in leadership, women in decision making, and enhance conflict resolution.
The concerns of women in refugee settlements are limitless in scope but include such issues as discrimination, sexual and gender based violence, human trafficking, maternal and reproductive health problems. Rape is often used as a weapon towards women in order to demoralize and terrorize communities and families. Sexual violence stigmatizes women and leaves them emotionally and physically destroyed. These are issues that women face on top of their responsibilities as mothers, head of household, teachers, care takers, and peace makers. All of these concerns make a woman’s life in a refugee settlement extremely difficult. Often the victims of sexual and other women’s right abuse lack a powerful and unifying voice when it comes to their predicament in refugee settlements. The life of a refugee is one of uncertainty, boredom, and fear.
Uniting these people with a common problem can give them the unifying voice that they need to protect and promote their own rights. Sports and play is one powerful instrument that provided remedy to most of women’s problems in the settlement with life skills and empowerment.
We have the potential to support girls and women to develop their minds, bodies, and voices while providing skills necessary for success in a new environment. It will offer an opportunity for refugee women to receive an alternate, holistic education that they would not find elsewhere.