19 October 2019 Girl Power School took place in Balkh city of Mazari Sharif Province. The participants of the event were women & Girls and coaches from different schools and football clubs.
The event started with the workshop the topic of the workshop, was " The rule of sport on women's live and mental health". Also, the topic was on "How to use sport/football as a tool to raise awareness about gender issues in society and get more women/ girls to actively participate in society".
The participants in the workshop were parents & players. The football training and mini football-tournament also took place after the workshop with the support of FareNetwork campaign #FootballPeopleWeek.
The feedback from participants was very positive and the request from all participants was " We want more of these events in provinces, there are many events takes place in the capital, but we want also in provinces".
. Women's history in Afghanistan
According to the recent report from UN, Women's rights in Afghanistan are improving but very slowly on an international level. Through different former rulers such as the mujahideen and the Taliban in the later part of the 20th century, women had very little to no freedom, specifically in terms of civil liberties. Ever since the Taliban regime was removed in 2001, women's rights have gradually improved under the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Women's Participation is Sports
In the last decade Afghan women have participated in various types of sports including futsal, football, and basketball. In 2015 Afghanistan held its first marathon and among all participants, was 1 woman. Zainab, age 25, who then became the first Afghan woman to have competed in a marathon, in her own country, Afghanistan.
Women Participation in Football
Football is a very popular sport in Afghanistan and it is known as a men's game. Although Women's Football National Team and football clubs exists in the capital and around, there haven't been done much for women's football in Afghanistan or it's provinces. There has been little attention and less or nearly no investment in women's sports activities in provinces and rural areas of the country.
"Football is a great tool to improve gender equality since it's known as a men's game. Sport can help women gain self-confidence and self-steam" - Khalida Popal
Our mission in Afghanistan
We use the power of sports and education to empower, engage and include women and Girls in social and cultural activities in rural areas of Afghanistan.
To foster inter-community and civil society initiatives and thereby contribute to tolerance and gender equality in Afghanistan.
- Girls age 10 -18.
- Female coaches
- PE Teachers
- Voluntary coaches.
- Female football clubs.
- Primary education schools.
- Community school clubs.
- Female fitness centers
- Herat Province
- Mazar Province
- Bamyan Province
- Parwan Province
Plans for 2018 - 2022
Implementation of 50 workshops of a 6-day duration.
7,000 girls participation.
100 female football coaches.
100 coach assistants.
50 female PE school teachers.
1000 parents at workshops.
10 zumba instructors.
10 yoga instructors.
Training of 100 coaches and 50 school teachers in a 4-day workshop. The workshop will cover communication, team building, leadership, mentorship scouting and group projects. This to use sport as a tool to address the social norms and social challenges in society.
2 day sport festival which involves football activities, zumba dance, 5k marathon and a cycling race.
Formation of 10 community football clubs for girls that are organising grass-root football, zumba, yoga, fitness and cycling activities on a day to day basis for a minimum of 3.000 girls.
Formation of nationwide Girl Power Organisation Network from all over Afghanistan.
Capacity building of Girl Power Academy Foundation and an independent network of Girl Power Instructors that can lead and organise workshops- sport events.
Football, zumba and yoga training in and outside the country for instructors. We plan on educating 20 football, 5 yoga and 5 zumba Instructors.
1 team consisting of the best players in the age group of 14, will travel outside the country for participating in a football tournament and exchange program, which takes place in South Asia.
Local school football tournaments.
50 Workshops for players.
10 online leadership council with duration of 5 sessions will be leaded by professional experienced International and local leaders for the coaches and P.E teachers.
We make agreements and partnership with the academies and club federations around the world to host our girl's teams for training camps, friendly games, and coaching courses.
We also provide workshops for parents living in the communities, where we have our activities. This to raise awareness about gender role in the development of communities and the importance of education and sport in women's lives. To educate and promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle.