Opening up - Women's Day

Mar 07 2013

CWB is a charity that tries to use Cricket to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in some of the poorest parts of the world, where the infection rates are on an epidemic scale. A significant part of the problem is that women are treated as second class citizens, both economically and sexually. Since CWB was founded in 2005 one of the key parts has been to ensure that boys and girls play together so that they are more likely to see each other as equals.

That is why we are using International Women's day to emphasise how important it is to CWB that women are central to everything we do. From volunteers from the UK, to new African coaches trained to all the hundreds of school girls, every one of them is key to what CWB is trying to achieve.

The recent Cricket World Cup has showcased how women's cricket is gaining an increasing profile in international sport. That is why we are delighted to have one of England's star women, Holly Colvin, as our very first CWB ambassador. Holly famously went from a losing finalist one weekend, to coaching cricket to orphans in Kenya the next. Such adaptability makes her such an excellent role model for women in the UK who are thinking of volunteering, as well as aspiring female cricketers in Africa.

With Holly's increasing profile for CWB, we have decided to form a specialist women's group in CWB. Its focus is to not only raise the numbers of female volunteers on our projects, but also the raise awareness of the role of women in sport generally and the importance of using sport to empower women across the world.

We celebrate International Women's day and hope that we can continue to help women achieve their goals without boundaries.

About The Author

Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) is a UK registered charity (number 1154576) that uses cricket as a vehicle for delivering health and social messages in sub-Saharan Africa. It is run almost entirely by the dedication and enthusiasm of its volunteers.
Since its formation in 2005 CWB has become one of the world's leading Cricket Development charities. It is dedicated to helping, educating and developing local communities around the world through the spread and growth of cricket.