Ladies' Turn

Ladies' Turn is working at the grassroots level, organizing football matches in the hearts of Senegalese neighborhoods, to give Senegalese girls and women their turn to play. While football is extremely popular in Senegal, it is considered a men's sport, meaning that most girls do not have an opportunity to play. Girls also face disparities in the educational system: while primary education for girls in Senegal has made significant gains, most girls never complete secondary school. To change this reality, Ladies' Turn aims to: i.) Expand opportunities for girls to play soccer. ii.) Promote girl's education and personal development. iii.) Promote gender equality through soccer. ...

Ladies' Turn
Villa 1242 Liberte 1
Dakar, Dakar N/A
Senegal
(+1)2029069400
http://www.ladiesturn.org

Board of Directors

Seyni Ndir Seck, Eugenie Gaelle Toukam Yomi, Jennifer Browning, Bassouare Diaby, Assane Kara Ndiour, Moustapha Ndiaye, Jean Gervais Ndjimbi Ndong, Alpha Diaby

Project Leaders

Jennifer Browning

Mission

Ladies' Turn is working at the grassroots level, organizing football matches in the hearts of Senegalese neighborhoods, to give Senegalese girls and women their turn to play. While football is extremely popular in Senegal, it is considered a men's sport, meaning that most girls do not have an opportunity to play. Girls also face disparities in the educational system: while primary education for girls in Senegal has made significant gains, most girls never complete secondary school. To change this reality, Ladies' Turn aims to: i.) Expand opportunities for girls to play soccer. ii.) Promote girl's education and personal development. iii.) Promote gender equality through soccer. By expanding opportunities for girls to play soccer, Ladies' Turn also seeks to promote gender equality and women's empowerment. By presenting women in roles as athletes, Ladies' Turn works to challenge traditional gender roles. Soccer also presents a unique opportunity to contribute positively to girls' self confidence and personal development. The players who participate in Ladies' Turn activities make lasting friendships and cultivate relationships with significant mentor figures such as coaches. In addition to soccer matches, Ladies' Turn is piloting activities to encourage girls to stay in school and promote sports and education. Ladies' Turn believes that soccer is a powerful tool for development.

Programs

Ladies' Turn is always fighting to bring football to more girls in Senegal. Ladies' Turn organizes women's soccer tournaments and beginner girls' leagues. Ladies' Turn has created the first beginner girls' leagues in four different regions in Senegal. Ladies' Turn is organizing biannual interregional women's soccer tournaments to increase opportunities for girls' to play soccer, raise awareness about women's soccer and break down restrictive gender stereotypes. At the heart of the Ladies' Turn strategy is the neighborhood field: by bringing women's football to central, community fields before local crowds, Ladies' Turn matches showcase girls in new roles as football players, as never before in Senegal. Ladies' Turn will continue to start new girls' beginning leagues to new neighborhood and regions, organize matches in collaboration with communities, and lay the foundation for the next big biannual Ladies' Turn tournament in 2013. Ladies' Turn also is releasing its documentary film which has received the French Ministry of Culture's honorary label, "50th Anniversary of African Independences." Ladies' Turn is organizing a national film campaign that seeks to expand acceptance of girls' soccer and promote girl's education using soccer as a tool to stay in school. The documentary is being widely screened in community centers and in village squares throughout Senegal. The film serves as an empowerment tool, exposing girls to images of other Senegalese girls who defy gender stereotypes, play football, and overcome challenges. Soccer presents a unique opportunity for promoting gender equality because of its status as a male dominated sport. The film will also allow Ladies' Turn to promote women's soccer broadly since it can bring the film to new communities, generate excitement and acceptance of women's soccer, and hopefully integrate them into the Ladies' Turn biannual tournament in 2013. After the film screenings, Ladies' Turn is holding public discussions to raise awareness about the importance of girls' education. The discussions will give girl players a voice in their communities, allowing them to share their challenges and successes in soccer and in school. In 2013, Ladies' Turn will also pilot activities to promote girls' education, tapping into soccer's powerful potential as a development tool.

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