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Help Empower Afghan Girls through Sports

by Cooperation for Peace and Development (CPD)
Help Empower Afghan Girls through Sports
Help Empower Afghan Girls through Sports
Help Empower Afghan Girls through Sports
Help Empower Afghan Girls through Sports
Help Empower Afghan Girls through Sports
Help Empower Afghan Girls through Sports
Help Empower Afghan Girls through Sports
Help Empower Afghan Girls through Sports
Help Empower Afghan Girls through Sports
Help Empower Afghan Girls through Sports
Final match: Malalay vs Qari Neik Mohammad
Final match: Malalay vs Qari Neik Mohammad

This report is in continuation of our previous report highlighting 2018 achievements. 

As already reported, girls’ sports tournaments are gradually getting institutionalized as a sustainable process, however, insecurity and lack of financial resources are key challenges. Basketball was added to the series of competitions in spring – summer round of 2018 and fortunately, CPD was able to continue the competitions in both the fields (volleyball and basketball) in the autumn round as well. Luckily, a boys’ futsal tournament was also organized in autumn 2018 aimed at prevention of Gender Based Violence and using the hashtag #HeforShe. Inclusion of male members of communities has been proved effective in fighting street harassment and fighting to ensure the very basic right of women and girls to access public spaces, recreation, edutainment and assembly.

In our previous report, we shared information about autumn round girls' volleyball tournament. In this report, you will know about the basketball tournament organizing in autumn 2018.

Girls’ Basketball Tournament, Autumn Round, 2018:

Ten teams in total took part in basketball tournament. The tournament was organized from 28 October to 14 November, 2018 following the single knock out system with 9 matches in total. The list below shows the teams attended the competition:

  1. Qari Neik Mohammad
  2. Qala-e-Bakhtiar
  3. Ab-ul-Qasim Firdawsi
  4. Al-Fath
  5. Malalay
  6. Sardar Kabuli
  7. Ayesha-e-Durani
  8. Rabia-e-Balkhi
  9. Sooria
  10. Zarghoona

Winning teams were as follows:

  1. Malalay, the first (winner of the competition);
  2. Qari Neik Mohammad, the second;
  3. Al-Fath, the third.

Worth to mention that Ayesha-e-Durani girl high school hosted organizing both the volleyball and basketball tournaments of girls’ teams by allocating its gymnasium free of cost. As before, the tournament was organized in a professional way with opening and closing ceremonies that were attended by officials of different departments of MoE, National Olympics Committee, players, coaches, parents, teachers and students. Winners were awarded with cups, medals, gifts and appreciation letters and media coverage was provided by invited broadcast media. 

Details on boys' futsal tournament of the autumn round 2018 will be shared in next reports. We have been enthusiastically looking forward to this year’s (2019) activities to get momentum to the already started initiatives. In spring 2018, sporadic sports matches were organized in numerous schools of Kabul city, but organized tournaments did not happen mainly due to security concerns. 

Semi-final: Malalay vs Al-Fath
Semi-final: Malalay vs Al-Fath
Semi-final: Al-Fath and Ayesha-e-Durani
Semi-final: Al-Fath and Ayesha-e-Durani

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Final volleyball match between Sooria and Rabia
Final volleyball match between Sooria and Rabia

As mentioned in our previous report, girls’ sports tournaments are gradually getting institutionalized as a sustainable process, however, insecurity and lack of financial resources are key challenges. Basketball was added to the series of competitions in spring – summer round of 2018 and fortunately, CPD was able to continue the competitions in both the fields (volleyball and basketball) in the autumn round as well. Luckily, a boys’ futsal tournament was also organized in autumn 2018 aimed at prevention of Gender Based Violence and using the hashtag #HeforShe. Inclusion of male members of communities has been proved effective in fighting street harassment and fighting to ensure the very basic right of women and girls to access public spaces, recreation, edutainment and assembly.

In the lines below, we summarize volleyball competitions of autumn round tournaments:

  1. Girls’ Volleyball Tournament:

In the volleyball field, 16 teams participated in the tournament, which was organized in double knock out system comprised of 28 matches happened from 7 to 27 October, 2018. Participating teams were as follows:

  1. Zainab Kubra
  2. Qari Neik Mohammad
  3. Al-Fath
  4. Rabia-e-Balkhi
  5. Sooria
  6. Sar Asiab
  7. Rabia
  8. Malalay
  9. Qala-e-Bakhtiar
  10. Maryam
  11. Durkhanay
  12. Ayesha-e-Durani
  13. Um-ul-Banin
  14. Sardar Kabuli
  15. Zarghoona
  16. Ab-ul-Qasim Firdawsi

Comparing this tournament with the one organized in spring-summer round, number of teams has increased from 10 to 16.

Result of the 20 days long competitions were as below:

  1. Team Rabia, the first (winner of the tournament);
  2. Team Sooria, the second (champion of the previous few rounds);
  3. Team Durkhanay, the third;
  4. And team Zainab Kubra, the forth.

Worth to mention that Ayesha-e-Durani girl high school hosted organizing the volleyball tournament of girls’ teams. As before, the tournament was organized in a professional way with opening and closing ceremonies that were attended by officials of different departments of MoE, National Olympics Committee, players, coaches, parents, teachers and students. Winners were awarded with cups, medals, gifts and appreciation letters and media coverage was provided by invited broadcast media. 

Details on other two tournaments (girls’ basketball and boys’ futsal) of the autumn round 2018 will be shared in next reports. We enthusiastically look forward to this year’s (2019) activities to get momentum to the already started initiatives.

Team Rabia, the winner of volleyball tournament
Team Rabia, the winner of volleyball tournament
Sooria at the second rank of volleyball tournament
Sooria at the second rank of volleyball tournament
Durkhanay, the third in volleyball competitions
Durkhanay, the third in volleyball competitions

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Final match: Qari Neik Mohammad and Al-Fath
Final match: Qari Neik Mohammad and Al-Fath

In spring - summer 2018, we also added basketball to the competitions aimed at Afghan girls' empowerment through sports. We already shared details on the volleyball tournament that was organized for one week in May 2018 among ten girls’ volleyball teams. In this report, we focus on the basketball tournament, in which the following teams participated: 

1. Al-Fath

2. Abul Qasem Ferdawsi

3. Ayesha-e-Durani

4. Malalay

5. Sooria

6. Qala-e-Bakhtiar

7. Sultan Razia

8. Qari Neik Mohammad

9. Rabia-e-Balkhi

10. Sardar Kabuli

Tournament was organized in a professional way with the technical and financial support of two concerned departments of Ministry of Education (MoE) - Sports and Health Department and Kabul Department of Education - and Cooperation for Peace and Development (CPD). In result, following teams marked victories and secured top ranking among girl basketball teams of Kabul city: 

1. Qari Neik Mohammad, the 1st; 

2. Al-Fath, the 2nd; 

3. Sooria, the 3rd.  

Closing ceremony was attended by officials of different departments of MoE, National Olympics Committee, players, coaches, parents, teachers and students. Winners were awarded with cups, medals, gifts and appreciation letters and media coverage was provided by invited broadcast media. 

Now, the tournaments are getting institutionalized as a sustainable process, however, insecurity and lack of financial resources are key challenges. As a good news, tournaments in both the fields - volleyball and basketball - were organized in autumn 2018 as well, for which CPD will share the details in coming reports. 

Final match: Qari Neik Mohammad and Al-Fath
Final match: Qari Neik Mohammad and Al-Fath
Music bank performed at the closing ceremony
Music bank performed at the closing ceremony
A scene of closing ceremony; teams ready 4 parade
A scene of closing ceremony; teams ready 4 parade
Team Qari Neik Mohammad, celebrating the victory
Team Qari Neik Mohammad, celebrating the victory
The 2nd position marked for team Al-Fath
The 2nd position marked for team Al-Fath
Team Sooria at the 3rd position
Team Sooria at the 3rd position

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Final volleyball match between teams Sooria-Rabia
Final volleyball match between teams Sooria-Rabia

After successful organization of the first “Girls’ Volleyball Tournament” in September 2017 under the new theme of "promotion of women and girls' access to public places, recreation and assembly", CPD launched its second tournament in spring 2018. According to the plan, the tournament was launched on May 6th, 2018 in an opening ceremony that was organized at Ayesha-e-Durani girl high school of Kabul city with participation of officials of Kabul Department of Education, education sections, schools, coaches, the CPD senior staff, media and others. Volleyball matches were started on the same day and lasted until May 13th, 2018. Tournament was organized following single knocked out system among ten girl volleyball teams with 10 matches in total. Here is the list of participating schools / teams: 

1. Um-ul-Banin

2. Rukhshana

3. Al-Fath

4. Sooria

5. Rabia-e-Balkhi

6. Durkhanay

7. Malalay

8. Ayesha-e-Sidiqa

9. Rabia

10. Zainab-e-Kubra

After very tough competitions among participating volleyball teams of girl high schools of Kabul city, the following teams reached the semifinal and ranked as top four winning teams:

  • Sooria high school, 1st position;
  • Rabia high school, 2nd position;
  • Um-ul-Banin high school, 3rd position;
  • Rabia-e-Balkhi high school, 4th position. 

Closing ceremony was organized on 13 May, 2018 in the gymnasium of Ayesha-e-Durani girl high school of Kabul city with participation of senior officials of Kabul Department of Education (including Director of Kabul DoE, heads of education sections, a number of principals of participating schools and etc), representatives of Afghanistan National Olympic Committee, the CPD, teachers, students, media and etc. Media was invited to provide coverage of the final match and closing ceremony. Cups, gifts and appreciation letters were awarded to top winning teams during the ceremony and commitments were made for continuation of such efforts aimed at empowerment of Afghan girls in future by all the parties including the Kabul DoE and the CPD.

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Teams Al-Fath and Malalay, Sep. 2017
Teams Al-Fath and Malalay, Sep. 2017's tournament

Last year was challenging! Insecurity, lack of financials and poor sense of voluntarism still remain the main hurdles towards social activism. However, organizing the tournament in September 2017 was a big success that paved the way for next similar interventions. This great achivement was not feasible without your kind support through generous donations to the project and we do hope that you will continue supporting us in such a critical time. Recently, CPD joined again the team of Kabul Department of Education (DoE) in planning the next tournament and fortunately, it was planned for this summer and you will regularly receive updates in next quarterly reports. 

A big thank you to all of our supporters! 

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Location: Kabul, Kabul province - Afghanistan
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Abdul Sami Zhman
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