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Dec 3, 2018

Ultimate Empowerment: Soccer + Knowing Your Rights

For a longtime, one of our top goals at Ladies’ Turn has been to increase our work in women’s leadership development and girls’ education- keys to achieving lasting change. We’re ecstatic to announce that on November 7, 2018, Plan International selected Ladies’ Turn to be a partner in a new initiative for Girls’ Leadership and Personal Growth in Thies, a major Senegalese city about 50 km inland from the capital, Dakar. Ladies’ Turn and The Senegalese Legal Aid Society of Women Lawyers in Senegal will receive funding from Plan International to start a two-year innovative program with Thies School District to train future female leaders and lay the foundation for gender equality.

To start the initiative, Ladies’ Turn will select 20 physical education teachers to participate in the program and start girls’ soccer teams at their schools. The P.E. teachers will receive training for new coaches from the Senegalese Federation for Football. Then Ladies’ Turn will work with the coaches to help their build their teams of 15 girls, run initial practices, and supply them with all the equipment they need to succeed- balls, jerseys, nets, etc.

At the end of each year, Ladies’ Turn will organize a big tournament bringing all of the schools and teams together. The Legal Aid Society of Women Lawyers will hold sessions with the girls to educate them about their rights and protections under the law. Legal Aid is an expert in legal advocacy for women and children’s rights and anti-discrimination law. 

We are very excited about this new initiative and the new partners that we’ll get to work with!

Finally, we are making a final 2018 fundraising push!  Please consider making a tax-exempt donation to Ladies’ Turn this holiday season. The future of women’s soccer is bright and your donation makes it brighter! 

Thanks again for all of your support.

Nio far, In Solidarity,

Jennifer and the Ladies' Turn Team

Seyni, Ladies
Seyni, Ladies' Turn President, praises partnership
Sep 4, 2018

Ladies' Turn at the World Cup!

Seyni at the World Cup Football Park - Red Square
Seyni at the World Cup Football Park - Red Square

Seyni Ndir Seck, our President, attended the World Cup in Russia! She cheered on the Senegal Men’s National Team in their group phase with the First Lady Marème Faye Sall and other former national team players, including El Hadji Diouf. Senegal played great and tied Japan for second place. Unfortunately, they were eliminated based on penalty cards to break the tie as every other measure was equal. Not the way you want to go out, but the team returned home to a proud country! 

This World Cup made us very excited for next year’s World Cup when the best national women’s teams will play each other in France. Seyni will also represent Ladies’ Turn and the Senegalese Federation for Women’s Soccer at that event. While Senegal didn’t qualify for 2019, it’s our dream that someday the Senegalese Women’s National Team will compete on the world stage. For now, we’ll be cheering hard for the other African women’s teams representing the continent, and we’ll be doing our daily work of building up female talent and opportunities in soccer in Senegal.

The 2019 World Cup also corresponds with our 10 year anniversary as a non-profit! We have some exciting plans, including organizing our own international tournament in Senegal. Stay tuned. We’ll need a big push of support to pull off another adventure and celebrate all we have accomplished.

Thanks again for always making all of these adventures possible!

Nio Far, In Solidarity,

Jennifer and the Ladies' Turn Team

Seyni and First Lady Mareme Sall before the game
Seyni and First Lady Mareme Sall before the game
Senegal plays Poland in the group stage.
Senegal plays Poland in the group stage.
Seyni and El Hadji Diouf, former national team
Seyni and El Hadji Diouf, former national team
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Can't wait for the World Cup 2019!
Jun 4, 2018

Ladies' Turn Film Continues to Delight and Fight

Photo Credit- African Women Films Festival
Photo Credit- African Women Films Festival

While all this soccer playing is going on, the Ladies’ Turn documentary continues to reach new audiences and delight. The Ladies’ Turn film returned to Senegal in February for the Film Femmes Afrique Festival (African Women’s Film Festival). It was an honor to be in the same film festival as films celebrating other strong women like a Mama Colonel about Honorine, a Congolese Police Colonel who runs the child protection and sexual violence branch in Bukavu in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and Ouaga Girls telling the story of female mechanics in Burkina Faso’s capital. Audiences across Senegal in Dakar, Kaolack, Louga, Rufisque, Saint Louis, Sokone, Thies, and Ziguinchor were treated to these feminist films. Check out their website for ideas for your next film night: https://www.filmsfemmesafrique.com/copie-de-les-documentaires

In Europe, Ladies’ Turn was screened on Arte, a major channel. Every time Ladies’ Turn airs on TV, we get messages from around the world from people encouraging us and wanting to know how they can help. It’s wonderful. We usually direct them to this page as it’s the easiest way to give us a boost- so thanks for everything you all are doing by supporting us through GlobalGiving.

Our film was also screened in France this year. After the film at the Mediathèque Grande Plage in Roubaix near Lille, sociologist Carine Guérandel led a discussion with Hélène Harder, our amazing director, Fatiha Ouali, a French national champion in racewalking, and Alycia Meermans, a rising women’s rugby star. In Paris, the film was shown at La Bellevilloise for the Festival Bobines Sociales which is “Paris’ social film festival for independent, activist (engagé) films". In May, Belleville Cityonne showed our film along with Burkinabé Rising in Paris for their Art of the Resistance events. With all these screenings, our documentary continues to be an important tool for promoting women’s soccer and showing that Senegalese women do play, lead, and excel.  

We know the Women’s World Cup is just a year away, but as we wait for that, we’ll be rooting for the national men’s soccer team as they compete in the World Cup later this month.

Go Lions and Lionnesses!

In Solidarity,

Jennifer and the Ladies' Turn Team

Dakar Screening. Photo Credit- @sauvallegenevieve
Dakar Screening. Photo Credit- @sauvallegenevieve
Photo Credit- African Women Films Festival
Photo Credit- African Women Films Festival
Art of the Resistance Screening Poster in Paris
Art of the Resistance Screening Poster in Paris
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Ladies' Turn Documentary by Helene Harder
 
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