As a group, adolescent girls of the Global South face a number of real-life problems that inspired this research. When girls are considered within international development programming it is typically to deal with problems such as early marriage, gender-based violence, unintended pregnancies or diseases. Programmes for girls tend to focus on others - their parents, in-laws, brother and overlook the potential in helping girls to help themselves (Sewall-Menon et al, 2012). Sport may be a new approach to help girls address the real-life problems they face, and this research explored if and how one sport for development and peace (SDP) programme realises the broad claims the SDP movement makes about the possibility of sport as a tool for change in the lives of girls. In reflecting on notions of empowerment, it considers themes of urbanisation, mobility and sporting and public spaces.
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Dr Megan Chawansky, Senior Lecturer, SASM, University of Brighton
Dr Payoshni Mitra, Independent Researcher/Activist, Kolkata