Sport is a language that transcends barriers. It is a proven and powerful vehicle for social change.
At Grass Skirt Project we believe that sport can also play a fundamental role in the elimination of gender-based violence.
Founded by a female weightlifter of mixed heritage; a woman whose own aspirations challenged the ideas of what it means to be a strong female in a modern context, Grass Skirt Project has evolved from an organisation collecting and distributing pre-loved sporting equipment to disadvantaged communities in Papua New Guinea into an important voice for women's empowerment and a key player in community building initiatives around Papua New Guinea.
Our core objectives are the promotion of gender equality, elimination of gender-based violence, empowerment of women and girls and the building of stronger, more resilient communities around and through participation in sport.
We partner with local organisations to deliver training, education programs and events to participating athletes and community. We also engage local ambassadors and support PNG sporting organisations through strategic partnerships to provide pathways into high performance sport for athletes; developing talent and creating positive role models.
Grass Skirt Project has identified new opportunities to both refine and expand our programs by focusing on unique concepts that compliment each other and run in tandem. In addition to our Hevea Cup Carnival and Wellness Expo, we will very shortly be launching our Art Prize and Community Centre initiatives.
Our Equipment Donation Drives are at the heart of our organisation and we will continue sourcing and distributing quality equipment to enable all Papua New Guineans to participate in sport.
When we exclude women, everyone pays the price.
When we include women, the whole world wins.
- Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations