If you have not heard of the name Mayssa Bsaibes, it is only a matter of time. IOC Young Leader, WTTD Promoter, PhD student in Gender Equality in Sport in Lebanon, Table Tennis coach and instructor: Mayssa shares how circumstance of her journey so far has shaped who she is and her fight for gender equality in sport. And it seems like she is only getting started.

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All the information on what is happening for International Women’s Day 2021

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French player Carole Grundisch has faced gender inequality in many instances in her athletic career. In light of Zero Discrimination Day, celebrated annually on 1 March, we want to share the story about a woman that never let anything hold her back.

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A known face and name in the Parkinson’s movement and table tennis community, many people know the Danish player for her bright and bubbly personality. Her commitment and relentless optimism are contagious. But the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease has not always been a source of motivation and force – it even made her put down her paddle once. Elisabeth “Lizzi” Ildal told us how she picked it up again.

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An incidence rate of 89 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the Coronavirus pandemic reached a peak last December in Croatia. Adding to the crisis, the central part of the south eastern European country was hit by a series of devasting earthquakes. A humanitarian disaster, lives were lost, buildings and infrastructure destroyed.

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We wish to congratulate our Ambassador Sarah Hanffou to have been selected as part of the incubator initiated by the French Agency for Development (AFD) and Paris 2024 contributing to sustainable development.

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The changemaker series are a set of interviews that look to move the spotlight from the usual “project impact and outcomes” of our regular work. This is an opportunity to illustrate the humans behind the projects – those who choose to go above and beyond. We hope it will inspire others to do the same and serve as testimony that however big or small your dream, it is possible to bring positive social change to your community. These are the everyday heroes in the Dream Building Fund Programme.

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Aida is like everyone else. Yet, she had to face obstacles and discrimination in her life. Nevertheless, she stayed focussed on the things that really matter and has managed to evolve from these pains and challenges leading her all the way to the Paralympics with table tennis.

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You, too, can become part of the change like 25 others! No matter who you are, if you care about your mother, your sister, your friend, your neighbour, your grandmother, YOURSELF: Join the World Table Tennis Day movement on 6 April 2021 to contribute to gender equality and female empowerment in your community through table tennis.

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The changemaker series are a set of interviews that look to move the spotlight from the usual “project impact and outcomes” of our regular work. This is an opportunity to illustrate the humans behind the projects – those who choose to go above and beyond. We hope it will inspire others to do the same and serve as testimony that however big or small your dream, it is possible to bring positive social change to your community. These are the everyday heroes in the Dream Building Fund Programme.

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