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Bahar Toksoy Guidetti and Giovanni Guidetti
Gender Equality Advocates of UNDP

Photo: Levent Kulu


Bahar Toksoy Guidetti

Having had high-level achievements in her 16-year professional sports career, such as the European Champions League, the Club World Championship, and an Olympic experience with the national team, Bahar Toksoy Guidetti is the founder of a sports academy for girls and conducts projects for girls in disadvantaged regions of Turkey. In 2019, she was announced among 25 international women role models pioneering works on gender equality and empowerment of girls by the United Nations.

Bahar Toksoy Guidetti Academy

Bahar Toksoy Guidetti Academy is a sports academy established by her in 2019 to combat gender inequality, which she believes to be the biggest obstacle for girls to realize their potential. Apart from the girls to become good athletes, the academy aims to inspire them to grow up to become socially aware women who stand on their own feet and pursue their dreams, the academy, provides scholarship to those coming from disadvantaged regions to establish equal opportunity by principle.

Bahar Toksoy Guidetti was declared to be the Gender Equality Advocate of UNDP in Turkey in June 2020.


Giovanni Guidetti

Having 3 Club World Championships, 4 European Champions League championships and Guinness Renewal Series Record in his career, Giovanni Guidetti is known by the sports authorities as one of the most successful coaches ever in women's volleyball.

Being the head coach of Turkish National Women's Volleyball Team, his successful contributions to women’s volleyball in Turkey over 10 years has supported the rise of women athletes in the country. With his personal initiative launched in 2018, Yarının Sultanları platform, he strives to equip the girls in disadvantaged regions with the opportunity to love volleyball and provide equal opportunities to young girls who want to become a coach.

Yarının Sultanları

It is the social responsibility platform established by Giovanni Guidetti in 2018 in order to empower girls in the socioeconomically disadvantaged regions of Turkey through sports, and to remove obstacles to becoming professional athletes by providing equality of opportunity. Spreading its area of ​​influence in a short time, the project, managed to reach all stakeholders who can contribute to the solution and keep expanding with the voluntary support of specialists in various fields, continuing their work to make girls love volleyball and provide equal opportunities to girls who want to become coaches.

Giovanni Guidetti was declared to be the Gender Equality Advocate of UNDP in Turkey in June 2020.