Empowering women, children
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 Tahina Booth a PNG 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 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 complement each other and run in tandem. In addition to our Hevea Cup Wellness Expo, we have launched the Gym-in-a-box concept which enables easier access to health & wellness in villages. The National Art Prize was launched in 2019 and we look forward to delivering all programs in 2020.
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