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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 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's tournament
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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The match between Tajwar Sultana & Malalay teams
The match between Tajwar Sultana & Malalay teams

Street harassment remains the main problem preventing girls and women to enjoy their basic right to access public places, recreation and assembly. Strictly considering the context and cultural values, CPD has been thinking of initiatives to intervene at the very community level to address mentioned problem. Partnership with GlobalGiving for this project was also part of this thought to use crowd-funding platforms for channeling valued contributions of those, who cordially believe in this noble cause. Critical thinking resulted in mobilization of resources to plan a professional girls’ volleyball tournament, which was finally organized in September 2017 with key lessons learned for further replication. In late 2016, we changed the project from being a one-time event into a continuous process to focus on organizing several tournaments for years to come. All these are assisting us to plan the second tournament to be organized in 2018. Of course, this is happened, when the global donor community is generously contributing to this project and we are enthusiastic to be able to raise resources enough to step forward.   

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final match between Sooria and Malalay teams
final match between Sooria and Malalay teams

According to the developed plan, “Girls’ Volleyball Tournament” was launched on September 14th, 2017 in an opening ceremony that was organized at Sooria girl high school of Kabul city with participation of officials of Kabul Department of Education, education sections, schools, coaches, the CPD senior staff and others. Volleyball matches were started from September 17th, 2017 and lasted for 11 days until 28 September, 2017. Tournament was organized following double knocked out system and the number of matches significantly increased to 28 matches in total. Initially, it was planned to be single knocked out with a total of 16 matches) and therefore, the tournament needed to mobilize more resources and energy. After very tough competitions among 16 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;
  • Malalay high school, 2nd position;
  • Rabia high school, 3rd position;
  • Alfath high school, 4th position.

Closing ceremony was organized on 28 September, 2017 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. 

ranking match between Rabia and Alfath teams
ranking match between Rabia and Alfath teams
Excitement! Cheers by players, Sooria, the first!
Excitement! Cheers by players, Sooria, the first!
Malalay team in the 2nd position of the tournament
Malalay team in the 2nd position of the tournament
Thanking Ayesha-e-Durani school for being the host
Thanking Ayesha-e-Durani school for being the host

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Qualification exercise at Rabia-e-Balkhi school
Qualification exercise at Rabia-e-Balkhi school

This is the third report of project "Help Empower Afghan Girls through Sports". By implementing this project, we aim to prevent girls from harassment in public places, workplace and schools in order to enjoy their social life as equal humans as boys. Our intervention is engaging girls in sports activities and specifically organizing girls’ volleyball tournament of around 16 teams. As reported earlier, CPD is thinking of finding the ways to transform the project from being a onetime activity (girl volleyball tournament) into a recurrent action extended to years to come. In consideration to the changes brought to the initial planning, project was revised and approved by GlobalGiving. To raise required financial resources for the project, it became part of different crowd-funding campaigns of the GlobalGiving (including Christmas Giving 50% match). 

We have been focused on raising needed financial resources to sponsor the tournament since mid-2016. However, the crowdfunding results are not as per our expectation, but still, we can claim that the basic funds to organize at least one tournament is raised and sticking to the voluntarism nature of our organization, the CPD, we are confident to launch the process. 

Our negotiations with Department of Education (DoE) of Kabul city is still going on and we hope to have the final schedule of girls’ volleyball tournament as soon as possible. Logistical plan of the tournament is drafted by the CPD that will be shared with Kabul DoE authorities in the upcoming joint planning meetings. Identification of 16 girl volleyball teams based on their qualification is also part of the planning meetings. Worth to mention that qualification phase is started among different schools of Kabul city that will lead to rank top teams eligible to compete with each other in the tournament. 

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Cooperation for Peace and Development (CPD)

Location: Kabul, Kabul province - Afghanistan
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Project Leader:
Abdul Sami Zhman
Kabul, Kabul Afghanistan
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