In 2012, Women Win launched the ‘Building Young Women’s Leadership Through Sport’ (BYWLTS) programme, funded by the UK's Department of International Development. BYWLTS was a three-year programme with the objective of increasing the leadership of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in formal and informal decision making processes. Women Win worked closely with eight partner organisations in seven countries to deliver quality sport and life skills curricula to over 65,000 AGYW. In addition, AGYW were provided with opportunities to practise leadership through a mentorship programme and by learning how to share their stories through Digital Storytelling. Extensive monitoring and evaluation processes were used to understand the impact that the BYWLTS programme had on partner organisations, AGYW and their communities, and the results are in.
Through a collective impact data collection and analysis process, including base and endline questionnaires, qualitative stories, and community surveys, Women Win gathered extensive data on the impact of the programme. Overall AGYW had significantly improved knowledge, attitudes and behaviours related to key rights issues including their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), gender based violence (GBV) and economic empowerment (EE). Additionally, the data shows that there were improved community perceptions about girls and women related to sport and leadership, and that organisations involved in the implementation had an increased capacity to delivery quality programmes.
With the programme concluded, Women Win has produced a final project evaluation disseminating the results and recommendations from the programme, available for download here.