Transform a Girl's Life Through Soccer

by Ladies' Turn
Girls run under the banner for Suzanne M. Bianchi
Girls run under the banner for Suzanne M. Bianchi

Ladies’ Turn and women’s soccer still face major challenges in Senegal. While we got off to a great start on May 8, this was later than our original May 3 start date. As the field we had reserved weeks before in Dakar cancelled and then our backup field revoked their promise in order schedule men’s games, the girls didn’t have a place to play. It was a frustrating reminder that while we have made lots of progress, we still have lots of work to go. Your support makes change, little by little, possible.

However, such setbacks only strengthen our resolve. Ladies’ Turn's first games were held on May 8 and 9 in Fatick and Kaolack. This year, we are working with schools to use soccer as a tool to keep girls in school. It’s only fitting then that this tournament is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Suzanne M. Bianchi, who was such a believer in women’s education and women’s sports. Before start of each set of games, Seyni, our President, explains who she was and why we are honoring her. Then a moment of silence is held.

After Fatick and Kaolack, Ladies’ Turn moved on to Kaffrine (Koungheul) on May 16 and 17. Ladies’ Turn then organized a non-stop tournament day on May 23 in Thies. Everywhere the atmosphere has been electric. Girls just like to play!

Tomorrow on May 30, we will hold our final non-stop tournament games in the beautiful city of Saint Louis. We are donating balls and penneys to each school so they can take girls’ soccer forward this year.

We will update you after the final games. Thank you again for donating to Ladies' Turn!

Nio far,

Jennifer and the Ladies' Turn team

Girls play- in Senegal, soccer is a sand sport.
Girls play- in Senegal, soccer is a sand sport.
We play on central fields to draw large crowds.
We play on central fields to draw large crowds.
Team photo!
Team photo!
Seyni and our partners award prizes after the game
Seyni and our partners award prizes after the game


A Car Rapide brings a girls
A Car Rapide brings a girls' team to the game.

Wahoo! The 2015 Ladies’ Turn tournament will open THIS Sunday, May 3 in Dakar, Senegal. We and the budding girl soccer stars are very excited.

Over 600 girls are scheduled to play soccer throughout May, many for the very first time! This year, we decided to expand to 6 regions total (instead of 8) to ensure we don’t spread ourselves too thin. Non-stop one day tournaments will be held in the regions of Dakar, Thies, Fatick, Kaolack, Saint Louis, and Kaffrine. Next tournament, we plan to expand to 8 or more.

We are working with schools this year to use soccer as a tool to encourage girls to stay in school. 

Non-Stop Tournament Schedule:

May 3- Dakar

May 8- Kaolack

May 9- Fatick

May 16 & 17- Kaffrine

May 23- Thies

May 30- Saint Louis

We’ll update you regularly this month on the tournament’s progress. Right now, we can't say  thank you enough for your support! We couldn’t do it without you.

Ku men sa morom duma. Wolof for “May the best team win!” 

Now, let the games begin!

Girls stretch and discuss strategy for the game.
Girls stretch and discuss strategy for the game.
A player warms up! We
A player warms up! We're ready! Kickoff Time!
Get ready for the joy of Ladies
Get ready for the joy of Ladies' Turn 2015!

Ladies' Turn is gearing up for our 2015 tournament- coming soon- as soon as March 2015! We will update you when we know the exact start date. 

We are excited about our new tournament format which will allow us to reach more regions than ever and allow us to strengthen our ties to education. We want to encourage the girls who play in our tournaments to stay in school. In Senegal, many girls drop out after primary school. We believe that soccer can be a motivation for staying in school.

So this year, we will organize one-day tournaments in 8 regions throughout Senegal, working closely with schools to start their first girls' soccer teams. Currently, schools have boys' teams but not girls' ones. Schools also provide a safe structure for girls' soccer to flourish and grow. Many of our Ladies' Turn regional organizers are also teachers. The tournaments and the equipment we provide to the schools will serve as a launchpad for the schools' first girls' soccer leagues.

We are looking forward to seeing more girls' soccer than ever in the regions of Thies, Fatick, Kaolack, Saint-louis, Seidhiou, Vélingara, Tambacounda, Kaffrine.

It's our favorite time of year- girls' soccer time! So get ready!

Ladies' Turn works with the media to promote women
Girls learn to work as a team.
Girls learn to work as a team.
Everyone starts to cheer!
Everyone starts to cheer!
GOOOOOAAAAL! See you soon for Ladies
GOOOOOAAAAL! See you soon for Ladies' Turn 2015!
Ladies' Turn Documentary and Awards

In the past year, Ladies' Turn has spread the word about women's soccer in Senegal through our documentary. We are proud to share the list of festivals that have shown Ladies' Turn this year and last:

Festival Elles Tournent in Brussels 
Festival International du film francophone (FIFF) in Namur, Belgium 
Festival Femmes en Résistance in Arcueil, France
Festival Cineffable in Paris
Festival Les Escales documentaires in La Rochelle
Festival International Images of Women of Zimbabwe (IFFF) in Harare
London Feminist Film Festival (LFFF) - Best Film and Feminist Favorite Awards 
Festival du FESPACO (Hors Compétition) in Burkina Faso 
Afrika Filmfestival in Belgium 
Internationales Fussballfilmfestival in Berlin 
Festival de L'Ici et de l'Ailleurs in Bresse
Pink Apple Film Festival in Zürich 
Festival Image et Vie in Senegal 
La nuit du Cinéma in Rabat
Festival de film les Dérangeantes dans la Drôme in France
Rwanda Film Festival 
Festival Cinefoot in Brazil (in Rio and in San Paolo)
Festival Femmes Méditerranée in Marseille
Festival du Film d'éducation in Evreux, France
Pitch Fest in Montréal 
Festival de Films de Femmes of Créteil, France 
Festival Vues d'En Face in Grenoble - Best Documentary Award 
African Football Film Festival in Lagos, Nigéria

Now, we are ready to get back to playing soccer in Senegal! This year, the Senegalese women's national team competed in the qualifying rounds of the Africa Cup of Nations when the tied Cameroon 1-1.  Ladies' Turn will be cheering the national team on as they prepare for the next Cup- especially since several of the national team's players assist Ladies' Turn in organizing our tournaments. In the Senegalese Cup, the Tigresses of Thies beat out the Grand Yoffoises team from the capital Dakar. Women's soccer is alive and well in Senegal!

So, with help from an ever improving national team and with the knowledge that people worldwide have watched us on screen, we are more excited than ever for our big tournament in 2015. We just held our first planning meeting. We will keep you updated on the dates, the regions, and the girls who will participate!

Thank you again for your support and encouragement!

The Ladies' Turn Team

Senegal National Women
Senegal National Women's Team prepares to play.
Seyni, our President, on what soccer means to her.
Seyni, our President, on what soccer means to her.

Nicole Abar and Seyni Ndir Seck
Nicole Abar and Seyni Ndir Seck

The Ladies' Turn international film tour continues! By screening our film, we are spreading the news about women's soccer in Senegal and building our community of supporters around the world. 

We held a very special screening on June 3, 2014 in Evreux in Normandy, France.  The event featured our President Seyni Ndir Seck and Nicole Abar, a former French women's national soccer team player. It was magic to have two pioneers of women's soccer on each of their respective continents together for the evening. Seyni retired as captain of the Senegal women's national soccer team in 2011. Nicole Abar was one of France's best players, scoring her first goal in international competition against Norway in 1982. Seyni and Helene Harder also enjoyed meeting students at Pablo Neruda Middle School in Evreux.

On July 14, 2014, our documentary was screened as part of the African Football Film Festival in Lagos.  It is always great to share the film in other countries in Africa. While most eyes had been on the Nigerian men's national team in the previous month, we were glad to have our day to shine following World Cup final. We were proud to be the film respresenting the women's game at the festival.

 Although we at Ladies' Turn love soccer and reveled in this last World Cup, we are aware that resources at the national soccer federation level remain dominated by men's soccer, especially the men's national team. So let's hope for national federations' growing support for Canada 2015! We can now look forward to some great play next year at the Women's World Cup. And continue to mobilize to see the day where as many people follow women's teams throughout Africa and the globe. 

Once again, thanks for all of your encouragement and support! We could not do this without you!

Nio Far. We are in it together.

The Ladies' Turn Team

Seyni and Helene at Pablo Neruda Middle School
Seyni and Helene at Pablo Neruda Middle School
Ladies' Turn Documentary in Evreux, France
Ladies' Turn at African Football Festival in Lagos

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Ladies' Turn

Location: Dakar - Senegal
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Jennifer Browning
Princeton, NJ United States

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