One of GHRD’s partner in South Asia, Jabala Action Research Organisation, has a project to empower adolescent girls including survivors of social violence through sports.
The program includes 300 girls in Murshidabad district West–Bengal, spreading to Kolkata and the district of 24Parganas-North.
The objective of the sport program is to boost the self confidence of the girls and to help them in their rehabilitation process. GHRD collected a set of football outfits from Argos Trading BV in Rotterdam for these girls and sent them to Jabala Action Research Organisation. These outfits were received warmly and distributed among the girls’ football team.
The gesture had a great impact on the girls (as stated by many after receiving the jerseys). It means that their fight for rights and equal status will have international support; they will receive exposure; and they will be motivated to perform better in the league.
A football camp was organised in October to hand over the football outfits to the girls’ football team members in Murshidabad, in the presence of the Block Welfare Officer, the Panchayat Samity members and Karmadhakshays, the head master of the school, the community librarian and the football coaches. These dignitaries spoke a few words of encouragement and pledged their support for the program.