Vaane: Empowering Girls Through Sports

HDh. Kulhu Dhuffushi, 7 - 13 July 2019

Posted July 13, 2019

As part of UNDP efforts towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in the country, the programme “Vaane” which utilizes sports and life skills to empower young girls and enhance, were held in HDh. Kulhudhuffushi in July this year. The programme joined by 23 young girls aged 16-25 years utilized football as a transformative activity which provided girls with access to a sanctioned and safe public space, develop a social network of empowered women beyond families to realize the gender empowerment potential of football.  As contact sports such as football and futsal, are preconceived as aggressive and associated with masculinity, this provided women the means to break down social paradigms that reinforce gender stereotypes that also hinder women's involvement in community development.

The football training sessions were then supplemented by life skills sessions on leadership, social and gender norms, networking, communication, conflict resolution, decision making, career guidance, self-awareness and relationships among many others and were held over a period of 7 days. The programme culminated in a small tournament where the participants were able to showcase their newfound skills in football to their families and friends. Vaane was held in partnership with Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment.