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Hello <<First Name>>,

Only 2 months left until World Table Tennis Day (WTTD) 2021! As we count down the days to the occasion to celebrate our beloved sport on April 6, we see that the first motivated organisers have already registered their events and have brought amazing ideas for how to engage more women and girls in table tennis. 

February 6 is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, and organisations all around the globe, including from our table tennis community, launch projects and raise awareness against this harmful practice. We must safeguard all the progress that has already been made towards gender equality, and this includes hard won gains for sexual and reproductive health and rights. By working together, we can make a change that will last – it’s no racket science! 

As with all social issues, there are many ways to stand up for them and every little action take counts. Using a sport like table tennis to stand up for the fundamental human rights of girls and women can be done in various ways: launching awareness campaigns, workshops for female talents or training female coaches, making sure that your club is a safe space, involve education workshops about gender equality into training sessions, or dedicate your WTTD event to FEMpowerment through table tennis. 

Far beyond this year’s WTTD theme, ITTF High Performance and Development has been supporting girls and women’s development in the sport, as well as initiatives that aim to contribute to gender equality and female empowerment.  

To help member associations that want to support activities that drive this cause, an assistance programme for women’s development in table tennis was launched in September 2019: “My Gender. My Strength.” Its aim is to increase female participation in the sport in quantity and quality – not only targeting players, but also coaches, match officials, administrators and leaders. 

The programme was carried out by the Asia and Latin America Development Programme, and the respective member associations took ownership of the projects, tailoring them to their needs and desired outcomes. Out of 16 applications in total, five projects were selected from each continent, this included Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Suriname, Venezuela and Afghanistan, Mongolia, Lebanon, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan. Each selected project was granted 1,000 USD by the ITTF for their project implementation. 

Overall, the project reached and impacted almost 500 people, a stunning majority of that were women. “My Gender. My Strength.” has brought about many positive changes in the different member associations. 

The programme was planned to go into another round in 2020, focussing on projects that embrace the aspect of leadership of females in the sport, and they saw an increase of applications coming in, showing the growing interest and commitment for female empowerment and gender equality. Due to the pandemic caused by Covid-19, the programme had to unfortunately be put on hold. However, ITTF is looking forward to continuing this programme to ensure valuable impact on the development of girls and women, as well as create a long-lasting legacy. 

You are not sure yet where to start? Start by downloading our WTTD Toolkit – it will ease your way into organising your WTTD 2021 event! 

  • If you would like to get more general information about the WTTD, visit our website and read about the theme for 2021 of FEMpowerment through table tennis, our Promoters Initiative and find tools to help you plan and organise your event.
  • Looking for more ideas? Read the newsletters for WTTD 2021 to learn more about how to organise a WTTD event targeted to girls and women, how to find sponsors and get inspired by the best practice examples we featured! 
  • You simply can’t get enough? Then have a read through our WTTD newsletters that have been published and sent out in the past years or read the features of our re-activated Inspirational Women Series.
  • Don’t forget to register your event and make your flag raise on April 6!
  • Get your WTTD logo pack in the language and format you need it in, so you can individualise and optimise any t-shirts, banners, stickers or posters you want to print to promote the event. You can also find exclusive logos for this year’s edition of FEMpowerment and gender equality! 

The logos are currently available in various languages. Your language is not included yet? Then please send us your translation of… 

  • World Table Tennis Day
  • April 6
  • Popular
  • Universal
  • Inclusive
  • Table Tennis for Everyone, Everywhere
  • FEMpowerment
  • Gender Equality 

… and we will happily include it! 

Of course, we do not expect or need everyone participating in WTTD 2021 to work on such a large scale. While we know that table tennis cannot solve grave social issues from one day to another, we can all try to contribute to gender equality to our extent and bring about small changes in our everyday life. 

We hope that this has given you inspiration for your own WTTD event, and maybe even encouraged you to think of new and creative ways of promoting FEMpowerment through table tennis. We are looking forward to hearing and seeing about your wonderful ideas, projects and activities. And don't worry if you and your community will still be in lockdown on April 6. We will show you in the next newsletter how to celebrate online and how to combine online and offline events.

Keep staying positive and testing negative! 

Please feel free to contact us in case of questions, comments or remarks. We will be happy to read you: april6@foundation.ittf.com or via WhatsApp +49 175 922 6547
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