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Mar 13, 2020

The girls keep getting better...

A girl on a school team in Thies practices headers
A girl on a school team in Thies practices headers

We’ve had a fun winter of soccer in Senegal!

From October to December 2019, Ladies’ Turn organized Saturday soccer clinics for girls’ teams at 20 schools in Thies, Senegal. It’s been inspiring to see the girls who started playing in April really improve. We kicked off these recent clinics on October 11 with an event for the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child. I’m excited to share these photos because they really capture the energy of Senegal and what we do!

In February, we moved into our tournament phase with the teams. Between February 22 and March 21, 2020, we are organizing 8 one day tournaments in different zones of Thies to give all the teams plenty of opportunities to compete. The final tournament will bring every team together to play and have fun! We’re excited!

We’d like to thank you for all of your support! You make Ladies’ Turn possible! We’d like to thank Plan International Belgium and the Belgian Development Cooperation who have been our funding partners in this recent adventure.

Wishing everyone a fantastic spring!

Nio far, In Solidarity,

Jennifer and the Ladies’ Turn Team

Drills!
Drills!
Group photo at a Saturday clinic in Thies!
Group photo at a Saturday clinic in Thies!
Scrimmage!
Scrimmage!
Girls play in their new cleats
Girls play in their new cleats
Dec 5, 2019

All the Way to the Top of FIFA and Back

Seyni with FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura
Seyni with FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura

The momentum for women's soccer in Africa continues to build! Last month, Seyni, our Ladies’ Turn President, was invited to Egypt to participate in FIFA talks about how to develop women’s soccer in Africa. She spoke at the joint Africa Cup of Nations and FIFA’s Women’s Soccer Strategy Taskforce in Cairo on November 12-15, 2019. At the meeting, Seyni met with other women’s soccer leaders and showed the trailer for the Ladies’ Turn documentary. Fatma Samoura, who became the first female Secretary General of FIFA in 2016 and is also from Senegal, invited Seyni over to dinner and asked Seyni all about Ladies’ Turn. It was a big moment for Ladies' Turn!

Seyni was just featured on the Africa Cup of Nations website with great photos of the Cairo event! Check it out: https://fr.cafonline.com/news-center/news/seyni-ndir-seck-et-le-football-une-passionnante-histoire-d-amour

Back in Senegal, Ladies’ Turn continues to work to increase opportunities for girls to play. Our partnership with Plan International Belgium and the Belgian Development Cooperation continues to blossom. With their support, we have been working with new girls’ teams at schools in Thies.  Girls in Senegal often lack cleats, playing barefoot or in borrowing a pair from their brothers. On October 11, the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child, Ladies’ Turn was able to distribute 300 pairs of cleats to the girls’ teams in Thies and organize soccer drills. The day also included messages against child marriage and promoting female leadership.

Finally, it’s the holiday season again so if you are able to... 

Please, pretty please, donate again so we continue to get girls on the field in 2020! It's been an exciting year in 2019 and we are excited to ride that momentum in 2020! Thank you for all of your support this year and before which helps us fight for women’s soccer in Senegal and across Africa!

Nio far, In Solidarity,

Jennifer and the Ladies' Turn Team

Seyni in Cairo at the Cup of Nations/FIFA meeting
Seyni in Cairo at the Cup of Nations/FIFA meeting
Seyni speaks what is needed for women's soccer
Seyni speaks what is needed for women's soccer
In Thies, International Day for the Girl Child
In Thies, International Day for the Girl Child
Girls line up to do soccer drills in Thies
Girls line up to do soccer drills in Thies
A coach supervises drills
A coach supervises drills
Drills, drills, drills!
Drills, drills, drills!

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Sep 4, 2019

Ladies' Turn and the Ladies' World Cup

Jennifer discussing Ladies' Turn at French Embassy
Jennifer discussing Ladies' Turn at French Embassy

The Women’s World Cup brought us an incredible month of women’s soccer. Let’s take a minute to reminisce and smile about it all again.

It was a watershed moment for women’s soccer in Europe. France hosted to packed stadiums. Italians, whose men’s team did not qualify for the 2018 Men’s World Cup, were glued to the TV cheering their women’s team’s success. The US women’s team showed what is possible when girls are encouraged to play but what still is missing as they won to chants of equal pay. Golden Ball and Golden Boot award winner Megan Rapinoe’s hair was a daring pink (our President Seyni’s favorite color) as she dared on the field and off, scoring goals and speaking her mind.

In our Ladies’ Turn world, Jennifer showed the Ladies’ Turn documentary at the French Embassy in Washington, DC a couple days before the opening match.

Seyni though was actually at the Cup! She attended the opening match in Paris and was featured in the French newspaper Le Monde:

“This World Cup is something huge. It is a victory over everyone who ever spoke badly about women’s soccer.” - Seyni

Seyni went to a convention organized by FIFA on women’s soccer, representing Senegal in her official capacity as President of the Senegalese Commission for Women’s Soccer. She also showed our documentary directed by Hélène Harder, our own Ladies’ Turn Agnès Varda, in Paris.

The future of women’s soccer has never been brighter. So next time- Africa? We’re ready for the first women’s world cup in Africa to spark the same energy we saw in Europe. We are sure you are too. When you support Ladies’ Turn, your funds are going right to the women who are changing soccer on the ground in Senegal. So we thank you for your generous support that makes our efforts possible.

Nio Far,

In Solidarity,

Jennifer and the Ladies' Turn Team

Seyni attends the Opening Match of the World Cup
Seyni attends the Opening Match of the World Cup
Seyni represents Senegal at FIFA Convention
Seyni represents Senegal at FIFA Convention

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