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    Women in Sport for Social Change

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    A global showcase of women who use sport to create innovative solutions to tackle some of society's most complex challenges. The platform is open for panelists to share their journey, leadership challenges/successes, the impact of their work, and what they are doing to contribute to achieving the SDGs. This is one event of a larger program we are delivering for a group of 21 emerging female leaders in sport for social change across Australia and the Arab region. 


    Time/Date: Friday 18 March 7pm-8.30pm AEDT / 8am-9.30am GMT 

    Host: Stephanie Brantz

    Stephanie has been involved in sports media for over 20 years after joining SBS as part of their football programming. Also working with Channel 9, ABC, Fox Sports and ESPN she has a keen interest in covering women’s sport - particularly football. She is a Director on the Board of Football NSW, sits on the NSW Government’s ‘Game Changers’ Council and since 2021 has been Chair of the Sports Diplomacy Advisory Council assisting the Foreign Minister’s Office with building cross-cultural relationships through sport.


    • Tahina Booth - Founder of Grass Skirt Project and GYMBOX

    In 2016 Tahina founded Grass Skirt Project. Tahina's vision is to use sport to develop pathways for young people and particularly, women and girls, to build confidence, knowledge and bring about a change in the way women are viewed in the community.

    As CEO, Tahina's focus has been on setting the vision and gaining stakeholder support to deliver innovative large-scale programs and projects in PNG, providing access, opportunities, and building positive futures for young people in Papua New Guinea.

    Moving to Australia at age 9 as a mixed PNG heritage elite athlete, Tahina has represented Australia and PNG in Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting and Rugby League.

    • Tamara Awartani - Founder and Director Palestine Sport for Life

    Tamara Awartani is the Co-Founder and Director of Palestine: Sport for Life (PS4L), a consultant and an expert in sports for development and sports management. She has a postgraduate degree in Sport Management from London, an MBA in Business, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Jordan. She is currently doing her doctorate as the first Palestinian Academic in Sports for Development at the German Sport University Cologne (DSHS).

    Tamara conducts lectures internationally and training of trainers workshops in Palestine and Jordan. Tamara designs Sport for Development (S4D) programs and was part in developing three curricula in S4D that are being used formally in Palestine, Jordan and Northern Iraq.

    • Steffi Biester - Co-founder KICKFAIR

    Steffi Co-Founded KICKFAIR in 2007, a non-profit organization with projects throughout Germany. KICKFAIR works against mechanisms and dynamics in "system learning" that lead to unequal opportunities. KICKFAIR combines elements of street football with an innovative, holistic, scientifically and theoretically sound and practice-tested educational concept. KICKFAIR links the educational concept with transformation processes on site and contributes to sustainable changes in learning at school, alternative assessment mechanisms and new narratives. Steffi is passionate about contributing to a world where everyone can feel equal and find their place.

    This is one event of a larger program - the
     Football United Sportswomen for Change Virtual Leadership Program supported by the Commonwealth through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Council for Australian-Arab Relations.

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