Women Deliver, UNICEF, Right To Play, One Goal, and GAIN Canada have teamed up with an impressive advisory committee of international NGOs, UN agencies, and corporations to host the Girl Power in Play symposium on 18-19 June 2015 in Ottawa. For these two days, the world-renowned Shaw Convention Centre will be home to individuals coming from approximately 30 countries for this two-day invitation-only event focusing on the power of girls’ involvement in sport. The 200+ invitees are decision makers, sports stars, high-level government officials, influencers, and girls and women involved in sports.

The symposium is taking place against the backdrop of FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 and expects to gain media and political attention in conjunction with the games and via its high-profile speakers.

The Girl Power in Play agenda is focusing on the most pressing global issues of girls’ right to play sport and related topics within the fields of health, education, nutrition, life-skills, and gender norms. A critical component of this is male involvement and leadership. Taking action and committing to respect, protect, and fulfill girls’ right to play sport—government leaders, journalists, youth, international NGOs, and experts will discuss the need for national-level policy implementation, additional research focused on developing countries’ efforts, and increased funding and programmes on girls involvement in sport as it relates to health, education, nutrition, life-skills, and gender norms.