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Getting Girls in the Game – And What it Can Mean for Development

By: Katja Iversen, CEO, Women Deliver and Joanna Hoffman, Special Projects Manager, Women Deliver; Published by the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy

Girls playing sports is not about winning gold medals. It’s about self-esteem, learning to compete, and learning how hard you have to work in order to achieve your goals.
-Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympian and Former Track and Field World Champion

Right after Nawal El Moutawakel crossed the finish line in the 400 meter hurdles at the 1984 Olympics, the King of Morocco called to speak with her. Nawal was astonished as the King told her how proud he was.  She indeed made history that day, as the first Moroccan athlete – and the first Muslim female athlete – to win an Olympic gold medal. “As a hurdler, I’m used to jumping barriers,” she told The Olympic Review. “Now these barriers are coming down in other countries because I showed Muslim women a wider horizon.” Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Ghanian Girl Soccer Stars Change the Playing Field

By: Joanna Hoffman, Women Deliver

When Eunice, Christiana, Francesca and Rose first joined the Plan International-sponsored soccer team for girls in their village in Ghana, they never expected that they’d one day be playing for the National Women’s Soccer Team. The soccer team requires players to be enrolled in school and provides leadership and life skills taining. Since the team was started in 2008, dropout rates for girls in the area have dropped by 80-90%. Read more...

Celebrate Solutions: Transforming Gender Norms Through Soccer and Sports (wo)manship in Cambodia

By: Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver

There has never been a timelier occasion to highlight the impact that soccer (or football, or fútbol) has on individuals, communities, and nations than the World Cup. The sport can unify and empower, and provides a platform for  global dialogue about teamwork, leadership, and comradery. But community soccer clubs for girls can be wrought with complexity as they defy deeply engrained gender norms and challenge the status quo.

The Salt Academy, an organization based in Cambodia working to develop young leaders through a sustainable community-based football league, has a program for girls called Mighty Girls, designed to respond to this exact challenge and combat trafficking into forced labor. Read more...

Women Deliver at the Sports for Development Conference 2014

This past weekend, Women Deliver’s Special Project Manager, Joanna Hoffman, attended and spoke at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) One Goal Sports for Development Conference. Hoffman spoke about Women Deliver’s work to advocate for investments in the health and rights of girls and women, and moderated two sessions on Maternal Health and Nutrition and on HIV/AIDS.

Speakers in these sessions included the UNAIDS Country Director for Vietnam, Dr. Kristan Schoultz; the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Singapore Office Director, Dr. Regina Moench-Pfanner; and former Women Deliver conference attendees Indu Capoor of the Center for Health, Education and Nutrition Awareness (CHETNA), Aiza Baldonado of Y-PEER, and Women Deliver Young Leader Shreejana Bajracharya of the Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum. Read more...

 

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