inspire, engage, empower
 
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Our Mission

Our mission is to break through gender barriers by engaging, inspiring, and empowering women through skateboarding all over the world.


In early 2018, Women Skate the World came to life when Amber and Nanja met on a volunteering trip in Asira, Palestine. Working with Palestinian kids firsthand confirmed their belief: skateboarding, with its physicality, creativity, and individuality, empowers communities and builds confidence. To the kids, skateboarding was a fun, yet focused activity, unstructured, yet disciplined.

You see, beyond a certain age, young women struggle with imposed gender roles and an array of expectations — they belong here, they don’t belong there, they should do this, they shouldn’t do that. In the skatepark gender roles and certain expectations disappear, and girls of every age can join. During their stay in Palestine Amber and Nanja realised that this is what they wanted to do. To use skateboarding programs in a way that they could help girls and womxn around the world.

 

We work on our mission through

Skate and Educate

Mid 2018 we developed our own Women’s program, which offers a combination of education and skateboarding, focussed on life skills, growth and fun. Our lessons include themes such as safety, environment, me and the community, health, and more. Our first program was launched during fall 2018 in Athens, and takes place weekly with young girls coming from refugee shelters in and around the city.

Mid 2019 we developed an all new program for girls living in Amsterdam. This program started september 2019 in cooperation with Project Fearless.

 

Women Mentorship Program 

Open to volunteers who are passionate and excited about getting more women on skateboards, we guide you through your volunteering time through 1:1 mentoring.

 

Non-Profit Organisation and Youth Center Partnership

 We provide free resource packages to help you create a sustainable girls- or women skate program. Through an initial Skype call, we’ll get to know you and learn about your needs and goals. We are also available for advise and mentoring.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Message from the founders

When we skate, we feel free, we feel empowered, we feel like nothing can hold us back. The global skateboarding community is a powerful and positive force, we want to bring that force to women around the world and spread the joy and power that skateboarding brings to us.

Love, Nanja & Amber
 
Photo by: Anne Charlotte Moreau

Photo by: Anne Charlotte Moreau