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The ultimate objective of this convening was to learn about the role that sports can play in challenging gender stereotypes around the roles of girls and women as well as promoting their mobility and agency. The consultation sought to develop a strong narrative about how sports could be an important approach to prevent child marriages in India.

Duration: 2-day National Consultation on 5 th -6 th November 2019, New Delhi, India.

SUMMARY

Pro Sport Development (PSD) in collaboration with Girls Not Brides (GNB) organized a two-day national consultation for close to 70 members from across sixteen states in India, along with a few participants from Nepal, Bangladesh, and the UK. The consultation deliberated the role of sports in breaking gender norms for key stakeholders in India, in order to enhance the learning and understanding of sports-based strategies that can be utilized to strengthen the fight against child marriages. PSD and GNB believe that sports-based approaches can be a sustainable and effective method of changing the attitudes of various stakeholders towards child marriage, while providing opportunities and better futures for young girls.

The consultation allowed these organisations to share their learnings, tools and resources, which would result in stronger programming in the sector as well as the development of a set of recommendations on what needs to be done further by various stakeholders in the country in order to effect change. These recommendations will also be used by GNB members, in India and across the world, along with sports for development organisations to inform their future strategies.

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