Goals and objectives: In 2008, the National Taekwondo and Kickboxing Federation of Tajikistan (NTKFT), with the support of UNIFEM (UNWOMEN) and UNFPA, initiated a network of local advocates for the prevention of violence, stigma and discrimination among world athletes in taekwondo. The main purpose of engaging such athletes is to overcome the stereotypical norms and behaviour in Tajikistan that lead to violence against women in professional and private lives through sport and communications.
Implementation: The solution was implemented in close cooperation with the Joint Programme on VAW, UN agencies and Kyrgyz Family Planning Alliance (KFPA) and National Committee of Women Affairs of Kyrgyzstan (NCWAK) through a training “Stepping Stones” provided for local NGOs of Tajikistan: NTKFT and NGO Gender and Development. A number of initiatives to promote gender equality and empower women and girls, including awareness-raising campaigns, capacity-building, sensitization, trainings, community mobilization, advocacy and policy, athletes successfully combined their participation in the international and regional sports events by enhancing understanding and awareness of their peers and partners on the goals and objectives of the Framework for Action and the Global UN Secretary-General Campaign 2008 - 2015 "UNiTE to End Violence Against Women."
- Men Led Network within the NTKFT (famous sportsmen) has enhanced the knowledge of its members on the work with the local communities on SRH, FP, informed fatherhood and child-care giving, prevention of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and VAW and promotion of gender equality issues;
- Trained young sportsmen by pro-actively using “male-male” and ”peer-to-peer” education techniques in passing on knowledge of gender equality issues, SRH and HIV prevention, as well promotion of non-discriminatory practices among adolescents in daily situations and through public actions and campaigns;
- Gender equality and non-discriminatory practices were strongly promoted in the Society of Youth through public speeches and contacts of the sportsmen with the mass media during the World Championship on Taekwondo held in August 2014 in Tajikistan.
Notably, since 2012, the chairman of the Federation, Mirsaid Yahyaev, is SG’s Goodwill Ambassador in UNiTE against VAW campaign.
Replication: The Orange Day Campaign promoted by NTKFT in 2012 became of interest to the Taekwondo Federation of Africa (TFA), which unites six African countries. TFA joined the Orange Day campaign promoted by NTKFT in several international sports events and used the positive experience of NTKTF.
Budget: Total $120,000 within 2008-2015, with $18,000 spent in the first year and $6,000 in 2015.
Partners: UNFPA, UN Women, UNHCR, UNAIDS, Committee on Women and Family Affairs under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan, Committee on Youth, Sports and Tourism under the Government of the RT, Kyrgyz Family Planning Alliance (KFPA) and National Committee of Women Affairs of Kyrgyzstan (NCWAK).
The National Federation of Taekwondo & Kickboxing
Address: 23/1, Bokhtar street, Dushanbe
Mr. Erkinzhon Latypov, Manager
Phone number: + (992)91 955 1225