Tabassum: football to empower girls in India

by | Mar 8, 2022 | Gender equity, Peace education, Youth empowerment | 0 comments

Tabassum is 21 years old and she is a coach involved in the Peacemakers Project at Naandi Foundation. « What I like about my job is that I get an opportunity to teach young girls and help develop their personality. When I see how my senior players or other team members are balancing their family and professional life, it motivates me to pursue a career in sports. I was not very passionate about sports before joining the programme, but now it feels like a part of me and it gives me so much happiness. My favourite sports are cricket and football. My dream is to learn everything there is to know about football and to give my 100% in becoming – if not the best – a very good coach. In the future, I want to learn more and develop myself to become an excellent football coach so I can achieve new heights in the field. Transmitting values through sport is important because it helps bring out the true potential of girls and women – they are seen as something more than just daughters, wives and sisters. Giving opportunities to girls to play is essential in India. Currently, men’s sport pratice is more valued than women’s sport practice, but now we see so many girls winning Olympic medals for the country. When we let our girls play, they can do amazing things. »

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