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...