The GoActive Project is the Lebanese Muslim’s Association’s (LMA) health and ﬁtness initiative for young women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds which commenced in 2011. The project targets young women who follow the Islamic faith living across Western and South Western Sydney, to provide them with opportunities to be involved in sport and recreation. The GoActive initiative is the ﬁrst of its kind in Australia for Muslim women speciﬁcally with the aim of promoting social harmony and healthy lifestyles by establishing female only sports teams with ongoing sports competitions.
GoActive is dedicated to promoting physical & social wellbeing and foster community harmony through regular sports programs in an inclusive environment. GoActive continues to be successful in providing organised sport for women addressing specific cultural and social needs and as a result increase sports participation.
Our 4 key focus areas include:
GoActive promotes and encourages physical activity and sports participation to women and girls from all backgrounds.
We want to change the world through sport and fitness.
Why we do what we do
We want to change the world through sport and physical recreation!
Research says that women from culturally diverse backgrounds have lower rates of sport participation than women born in Australia (The Senate Committee Report, 2006) and we want to change that! We want to encourage more girls and women to take up a new sport, or re-engage with a sport they used to play in their childhood.
We also believe that sports does incredible things to one's self confidence and personal well-being, and has the power to bring diverse communities together.
- Sport participation can develop life
skills at the individual level, including confidence, body awareness, team spirit and leadership skills
- Sport participation can challenge social and cultural norms and gender stereotypes at the community level and society at large
- Sport participation can bring
people together regardless of their
class, race, gender, nationality, colour or other specifics
- Sport provides a platform to share
information and educate girls and
women and their communities
about women's rights
Source: Women Win