Championing change for girls 

As part of the Right To Play Women's Network, you can give more girls the chance to learn, to break free from poverty and to stay safe from violence, exploitation and social exclusion – even in the most desperate situations. 

United in the belief that every child, regardless of gender, deserves an equal opportunity to learn, our members champion change for girls through the educational power of play. By joining us, you can keep closer to the cause, get more involved and hear exclusive insights from expert speakers through a lively schedule of news and special events. 

How you can change lives

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Making up around 70% of the world's poorest one billion people, women and girls often find themselves powerless in the face of gender-based barriers, stereotypes and discrimination.   

With the odds stacked against them, their chance of escaping the cycle of poverty is slim. Marie was six when war forced her out of her Burundi home into constant fear of hunger, disease and rape. But, thanks to a Right To Play scheme at a refugee camp, her hope was restored, as she explains here.

Of the one million children like Marie we reach every week, 50% are girls. As her story illustrates, play-based programmes provide powerful tools to challenge inequality and equip girls like her with essential life skills, while providing solace from unimaginable hardships.

Of our 14,900 Coaches, 58% are female. With the benefit of new-found confidence, strength and knowledge, these girls can better protect themselves from disease, get an education and overcome deep-rooted prejudices to improve their life chances. 

To find out how your support could promote gender equality to help more girls like Marie, please visit our gender page.

Focus for 2017: A vote against violence

In October 2016, our members voted overwhelmingly to support the initiative: Empowering girls to protect themselves from conflict, prejudice and violence. Throughout 2017, this theme will be reflected in Network news and activities, as we explore some of the key issues in this area in a bid to change more lives.   


Will you champion change for girls?   

As part of the Network, your support will be extremely welcome. What’s more, you’ll be in very good company and it’s easy to join. All it takes is a minimum monthly gift of £30 or an annual donation of £360. 

> Join today by giving a monthly gift

Alternatively, please give an annual gift of £360.

Get in touch

To find out more, please email ​ or call us in confidence on +44 (0)203 752 5640. We look forward to hearing from you.


Recent​ event

Networking event with Olympic gold-medallist, Crista Cullen, Wednesday 16th March 2017

Right To Play Athlete Ambassador, Crista Cullen

Right To Play Women's Network's well-being event was held at our partner, Microsoft's offices in Paddington, London. Over one hundred guests gathered to discuss the theme of well-being, to network and to learn more about Right To Play's programmes which educate and empower children in some of the most deprived communities in the world.

During an insightful panel discussion, Right To Play Athlete Ambassador, Crista Cullen, shared her inspiring story about what it took to win a gold medal in field hockey at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She also spoke entertainingly about the key role her coach played in her journey to sporting greatness, which resonates with Right To Play who use volunteer coaches to deliver their life-changing programmes. One Right To Play volunteer coach can have a lasting impact on the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of children.

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Recent event

Members and friends networking event, Thursday 13th October 2016

Networking at a past Women's Network event
Alongside networking opportunities over drinks and canapes, Women's Network members and their friends heard an update from Nikki Skipper - Right To Play UK’s National Director - on how members' contributions have helped to improve the lives of girls in our programmes.

Members were also invited to vote on what area of Right To Play's gender work the Women's Networ k should focus on in 2017. The three options were:

The Women's Network was kindly hosted at the offices of our partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in London.

Previous events

See summaries and highlights from each of our previous events below.

Dr Ellen Stofan - 21st January 2016
 Dr Ellen Stofan and panel address the Women's Network
Dr Ellen Stofan - NASA Chief Scientist who is leading the mission to find extra-terrestrial life and to land a manned spacecraft on Mars - shared her experience of being a very successful woman in a field dominated by men, and her belief that, in order to accomplish such ambitious goals, all of the best minds must work together.

The event also featured a panel discussion chaired by BBC broadcaster, Clare McDonnell. Joining Dr Stofan on the panel were the lead of Microsoft UK's Women's Chapter, Sam Bramwell, and Right To Play UK's Programme Funding Manager, Ross Edgeworth. 

The Women's Network was kindly hosted at the offices of our partner, Microsoft, in Victoria, London. 

Baroness Susan Greenfield - 8th October 2015
Martina Navratilova & Judy Murray - 2nd July 2015
Christiane Amanpour - 2nd October 2014
Billie Jean King - 20th June 2014