We use sports as a vehicle of empowerment for refugee girls & local women in Jordan. In a region where gender inequality is still the norm, sport is another privilege reserved for boys. RC hosts after-school leagues for young girls to gain the life-skills, confidence, hope and ambition that comes from team games. We also train and hire local young women as coaches, providing valuable income for their families and showing communities that female empowerment leads to positive changes for everyone.
Across the MENA region women are still treated as secondary citizens with limited rights and often destined to a life of domestic chores, with few opportunities to gain employment or even socialize outside familial circles. By participating in RC's regular basketball and soccer leagues, these girls learn that equality, like sports, should be a right for all.
With community backing, RC facilitates long-term after school sport programming for girls to increase girls' self-esteem and develop essential life skills, while also providing a stable income and crucial employment means for young women as coaches. This project's positive impact is sustained through our strong relationships with participants' extended families, and local investment in everyone - from bus drivers to home cooks.
This project will provide 500 refugee girls and 15 female coaches with an avenue to empowerment, using sport to inspire the confidence and drive needed to challenge society's boundaries, shape their own identities and achieve their goals.