Fifteen girls living in the slums of Kolkata are training to play football. They dream to play inter-state matches and aspire to become coaches to train many more girls to play football. Football is not just a game for these girls, it's a way to access public spaces, to play and have fun like their brothers to claim equal rights in society. The girls are now ready for advance level coaching and trips to other states to sharpen their game.
Girls in conservative communities and patriarchal structures are victims of gender discrimination and violence. Their rights to survival, protection, development, and participation, are violated. The role of sport is pivotal in the lives of young people in general, but participation in sport holds a special significance, especially for girls and women. Girls and women in India are denied equal opportunities at several levels. In such a setting, sport assumes a very noteworthy role.
iPartner India has developed a well-designed program and has put in efforts to bring a positive change in the lives of the young girls. The project aims at breaking the gender stereotypes and improving the leadership skills of young girls through football. More than 200 girls have been trained on gender and rights issues and 40 girls have been trained through football. We have planned expansion to reach out to 100 more girls to support their dreams and their fight for equal rights through sport.
The project will empower 100 girls through gender and football training. The project also aims at reducing gender-based violence in the community. Through this initiative, advanced training to 15 girls will be provided and will help them become professional footballers to play interstate matches.