Apply to Join
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
Can
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
Ladies
Ladies' Turn Documentary by Helene Harder
Mar 5, 2018

Celebrating with the Premier League!

Girls and coaches outside the national stadium.
Girls and coaches outside the national stadium.

At Ladies’ Turn, it’s been a blast working with the Premier League and the British Council on their Premier Skills program! We celebrated the culmination of our partnership over a weekend of festivities on January 19-21, 2018.

Premier Skills is a training initiative of the Premier League and the British Council which uses football as a tool to develop a brighter future for young people around the world. It certainly was a success in Senegal! In 2017, Premier Skills certified coach educators worked with Ladies’ Turn to train 36 young women as coaches and community leaders last January. Of these women, 24 went on to complete phase 2 in May where they designed and implemented their own community service projects.

 “I started playing soccer a few years ago and played at the national level. I have never had any soccer training before being involved with Premier Skills through Ladies’ Turn. It was important for me because I had no credentials and it was necessary to improve my skills to gain recognition and credibility. Finally I have gained the knowledge I need, and I was able to start my own women’s soccer club just months after completing the first phase of the training last January.” - Ouleye from Pikine, a suburb of Dakar.

For the weekend finale, 19 of the young women who completed the Premier Skills training came back to lead the activities. We also invited 100 girls on four teams to participate. Three of the teams traveled from Thies, Diourbel, and Kaffrine regions of Senegal to join the Dakar-based team at the national stadium.

For the Friday night’s sleepover at the stadium dormitory, the players discussed women’s leadership and watched the Ladies’ Turn documentary. On Saturday morning, they took a tour of Dakar, visiting the Presidential Palace, the National Parliament, and the Statue of the African Renaissance. Many girls were seeing these sites for the first time. In the afternoon, it was soccer time! The 19 women graduates of Premier Skills led the girls in soccer drills and organized a mini tournament before the closing ceremony. On Sunday after breakfast, the teams traveled back home, hopefully with some new friendships and more soccer stories to share in their villages.

We’re grateful to our partners at the Premier League and the British Council and YOU! Your donations contribute to all of our soccer and leadership activities, allow us continue our work throughout the year, and help us secure international partnerships. So thank you again for your support!

In Solidarity,

Jennifer and the Ladies' Turn Team 

Players visit the African Renaissance Monument.
Players visit the African Renaissance Monument.
Players in front of the National Assembly.
Players in front of the National Assembly.
Girls w/ Premier League official get ready to play
Girls w/ Premier League official get ready to play
Getting their medals after an afternoon of soccer
Getting their medals after an afternoon of soccer
Group shot at the closing ceremony
Group shot at the closing ceremony
 
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.