Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but imperative for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Supported by partners such as UN Women, UNICEF, U.S. Embassy, FIFA Foundation, F.C. Barcelona Foundation and RYTHM Foundation, ASA Foundation has been introducing Community Coherence, Gender Equality, Women Empowerment, Tolerance & Prevention of Violent Extremism awareness and education development methodologies as one of the sustainable strategies to enhance the capacity of school teachers and community members in transferring gender equality, tolerance and life skills learning activities to vulnerable male and female youth in developing countries.
ASA Foundation has been successful in reaching its programming objectives by addressing and transforming education and sports issues through sustainable Training of Trainer (ToT) and Youth Development (YD) participatory learning workshops, digital online learning platforms and inclusive Edu-Sports coaching development modules to vulnerable male and female youth together with young adult teacher and community member beneficiaries. Working across Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines, with groups of talented female youth, teachers and community members regularly sent overseas to the US, UK and Europe for scholarship programs, ASA Foundation’s innovative and unique learning approach not only addresses the need for education and sports development in schools and communities but also raises important conflict resolution, tolerance, and gender equality issues by attracting female youth to sports development activities.
ASA Foundation’s pioneering and sustainable programs build an understanding of women’s diverse roles in violent extremism, including as promoters or preventers. Through grass roots programming activities, ASA Foundation works with women and girls at the local school and community levels to support their empowerment as a key strategy for building social cohesion. ASA Foundation programs have directly contributed to increasing women´s understanding of the problem of violent extremism and their confidence to participate in initiatives to prevent it. Furthermore, both men and women recognize the economic empowerment of women decreases tensions within the family and community, and, thereby, contribute to more peaceful and resilient societies.
Since 2009, ASA Foundation has been sending groups of talented female beneficiaries from Indonesia to the United States of America for the U.S. Embassy supported, Sports Visitors program. And in 2019, 6 leading female students and teachers from Cambodia were selected to join the program. Furthermore, Jessica Wu from the ASA Foundation Conflict Resolution & Gender Equality Education Development program in Mindanao, Philippines was selected by the U.S. Embassy as 1 of 15 talented trainers worldwide to participate in the Female Sports Mentoring 2016 program. The inspiring programs involve a series of education workshops, training clinics, empowerment seminars with top lecturers, coaches and educators from universities and sports clubs.