ALDA gets ready to launch the SW-UP project
ALDA’s team is currently preparing a kick off meeting of the SWUP Project (SW-UP - Sport for Women in Urban Places). The meeting will take place on Feb 27-28 and will be hosted by the project partners: municipality of Guimaraes and Tempo Livre (Portugal). SW-UP aims to (1) tackle women’s barriers to outdoor sports/physical activity in urban spaces, (2) promote an increased participation of women in outdoor physical activity/sports and (3) provide access to urban spaces for outdoor sports. The involved partners are research institutes: Mulier Institute (The Netherlands) and IRS (Istituto per la ricerca sociale, Italy), municipalities (Câmara municipal de Guimarães, Comune di Corbetta, Ajuntament de Granollers, Uat Ramnicu Sarat) and municipal organisations (Tempo livre ciprl, Association La margherita blu, Sofia - European capital for sport).
ALDA is a leading partner in the project and is responsible for the project management, communication and dissemination of project results. ALDA will also support the project partners in their responsibilities which include research into obstacles to practicing sport by women in outdoor urban areas, pilot programmes in the municipalities and finally, drafting of the guidelines and roadmap for actions at the local level which help increase women’s participation in outdoor activities.
While there are numerous advocacy and communication initiatives to enhancing women’s participation into sports, less attention has been paid to designing women friendly urban environments for sports/physical activity, and in particular outdoor sports/physical activity, and to gathering evidence on how to do it. As the EU Council specifies sport can be an effective tool for equal opportunities and social inclusion, but still more women than men lead a sedentary life and face additional barriers to practicing physical activities with respect to men. Thus, the SW-UP project is an excellent opportunity to foster women’s participation not only in sport activities but also in the daily life of their cities. It empowers them to take care of their daily environment and contribute to designing cities friendly for all sorts of users.
The agenda for the meeting can be found here