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Soccer Without Borders Representatives Join Global Sports Week Panel

Catherine “Mina” Kabanyana, Sr. Program Coordinator SWB Uganda, will join a panel discussion on Global Goal 5 during Global Sports Week Paris, the first multi-country platform for sport. Soccer Without Borders Co-Founder and Executive Director Mary Connor will co-moderate the panel: “Grassroots Impact for Global Goal 5: Gender Equality in Sport for Development,” which streams live on Feb 3 at 5 p.m. CET/11 a.m. EST.

Global Sports Week is where global sports leaders, cultural influencers, change-makers, athletes and activists gather to “SHAKE, SHAPE & SHARE the FUTURE OF SPORT” across the boundaries of geography, society and business. In 2021, as sport emerges from a period of unprecedented disruption, the first multi-country edition will set the agenda for SPORT'S NEW ERA.

The panel, presented by adidas, is part of the Village Live programming focused on event pillars equality and power and also features Anja Toplek of the Cross Cultures Project Association, Ana Arizabaleta, Director - Fundación Selección Colombia and Meg Smith from Women Win.

Panel description courtesy of Global Sports Week:

Sport can be a lever for action across many areas of development, including the pursuit of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In examining the successes (and challenges) of grassroots sports organisations tackling these objectives, can we uncover further opportunity for the sports industry to play a role? During this panel discussion we will hear from several grassroots sport for development organisations who are committed to contributing to Global Goal 5 (Gender Equality) and their experiences of tackling gender inequality in their work at different levels. The session will also include time for Q&A from the audience.

To participate for free, sign up for the Taster Pass at

Soccer Without Borders’ Global Goal 5 Accelerator takes a collaborative approach to advancing gender equality through soccer, and sport-for-development organizations. This program addresses barriers for women and girls holistically: on the pitch, on the sidelines, in organizations, and in the media. As part of a regional cohort, practitioners gather together virtually and in-person (where possible) for an experiential, immersive program in which each creates an individualized Gender Action Plans with specific targets.


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