National Championship - Women
“Women do two-thirds of the world’s work, produce half of its food yet earn 10% of its income and own 1% of its property” – United Nations, 2012 report.
Women don’t need to be empowered, they are a potent force. Yet, when one looks at statistics the inequality narrates a different story. It’s this gap, this lacuna that society needs to bridge. As an organization that targets societal reform through sports we have plenty of examples to learn from. FIFA has spearheaded the initiative to create equal sporting opportunity for women. In its bit to drive this change FIFA started FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP in 1991 and would be running a total of 11 programs for the period 2012-2015 distributed in four main areas viz. Competitions, Management, Education and Promotion for giving legitimate structure to football world.
We at Slum Soccer have experienced the power of womanhood too. Be it the story of young Shehnaz who got over her stifling economic condition to become a National Soccer Player or Disha who quickly learnt the tricks of the game and emerged the winner, our women have done us proud. And it is to bring out this very strength and talent that we are conducting football tournament for girls.
Women’s football has been played for many decades, but was associated with charity games and physical exercise in the past before the breakthrough of organized women’s association football came in the 1970s. Before the 1970s, football was seen as a predominately men’s sport. The number of women involved in football, and sport in general, is growing rapidly, and Slumsccocer is working with a number of groups and individuals to increase participation. Using football as a tool Slumsccocer strives to overcome discrimination, improve health and combat disease, promote gender equality, fight violence and secure environmental sustainability. Thus, the project contributes actively and sustainably to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Just like in any other region of the world, girls and boys from disadvantaged communities face complex problems in India. They often come from difficult social backgrounds with many families living below the poverty threshold. Due to poor education, many youths lack skills making it difficult for them to find employment. They are exposed to health risks, alcoholism and drugs. Girls and young women especially face violence and crime, more than a few are discriminated and excluded from social life. This is where Slumsccocer Development through Football comes into play.Slum soccer specially targets women because woman is a child, a wife and a mother. If we impart societal improvement through women they are sure to spread it in society and give results faster. In country where development of sports and empowerment of women both have huge potential we at slum soccer would like to use both as instrument a social change.
We aim at providing women/ girls footballing stage for equal access to participation and developing confidence in them so that they practice decision making capabilities in their social, political and economic life. We hope to change societal attitudes and community practices by active participation and involvement of both men and women.
Towards an equal world, here’s a goal!