The Sport for Development Coalition is delighted to welcome the creators of the ‘Muslim Girls Fence’ project as special guests for its next monthly Twitter takeover.
Muslim Girls Fence is a collaboration between Maslaha, the charity which creates new ways of tackling long-standing issues affecting Muslim communities, and the national governing body for the sport, British Fencing.
The Twitter takeover will take place on Tuesday 1st September (8-9pm). During the takeover, our guests will answer five pre-prepared questions from the Coalition [@SFDCoalition] and followers are invited to engage and interact with the conversation using the hashtag #SportForDevelopmentCoalition.
Don’t forget to use the correct prefix to tell us which question you are answering, so A1 for Q1, A3 for Q3 etc.
Muslim Girls Fence brings together the sport of fencing, conversation and creativity, and is open to all women yet centres on the needs of Muslim women. Participants attend a series of fencing classes and immersive creative workshops designed around topics of conversation chosen by them and on their own terms.
The partnership began in 2015 and has since grown from working in schools to working with community groups across the country, including in Birmingham, Doncaster, Bradford and London. The project is supported by Comic Relief and Sport England.
The partner organisations recently published the ‘Beyond the Buzzwords’ report which looks at learnings from the project.
The report seeks to look beyond the buzzwords of ‘engagement’, ‘outreach’ and ‘diversity’ and aims to ‘bust’ the myth of ‘hard-to-reach communities’ within the sport and wellbeing sector.
It states: “Muslim Girls Fence is complex. The project connects activities — sport, art and discussion — that are usually practised separately. It is offered to Muslim women, but is also open to all women. Its list of objectives ranges from the concrete (increased levels of fitness and wellbeing) to the aspirational (changing perceptions in the mass media). All this is complex, but it works.”