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Bᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏᴍᴀɴ ʏᴏᴜ ɴᴇᴇᴅᴇᴅ ᴀs ᴀ ɢɪʀʟ… …ᴀɴᴅ ғɪɢʜᴛ ғᴏʀ ʜᴜᴍᴀɴɪᴛʏ, ᴊᴜsᴛɪᴄᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ᴘᴇᴀᴄᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴀʟʟ ʏᴏᴜʀ ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ. 𝖨𝗇 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗅𝖺𝗌𝗍 𝗍𝗐𝗈 𝗒𝖾𝖺𝗋𝗌 𝖪𝖺𝗍𝗁𝖺𝗋𝗂𝗇𝖺 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖨 𝗁𝖺𝗏𝖾 𝗆𝖾𝗍 𝖺𝗍 𝗏𝖺𝗋𝗂𝗈𝗎𝗌 𝖾𝗏𝖾𝗇𝗍𝗌. 𝖨 𝗐𝖺𝗌 𝗂𝗆𝗉𝗋𝖾𝗌𝗌𝖾𝖽 𝖻𝗒 𝗁𝖾𝗋 𝗐𝗂𝗅𝗅𝗉𝗈𝗐𝖾𝗋 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗋𝖾𝗌𝗂𝗅𝗂𝖾𝗇𝖼𝖾. 𝖠𝗇𝖽 𝖨 𝗆𝖾𝗍 𝗁𝖾𝗋 𝗍𝖾𝖺𝗆𝗆𝖺𝗍𝖾𝗌 𝖽𝗎𝗋𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖦𝖦𝖶𝖢 𝟤𝟢𝟣𝟫 𝗂𝗇 𝖢𝗈𝗉𝖾𝗇𝗁𝖺𝗀𝖾𝗇 𝗍𝗈𝗈. 𝖳𝗁𝖾𝗒 𝗍𝗈𝗈𝗄 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗉𝗅𝖺𝖼𝖾 𝖿𝗈𝗋 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗉𝗅𝖺𝗒𝖾𝗋𝗌 𝖿𝗋𝗈𝗆 𝖧𝖾𝗌𝗍𝗂𝖺 𝗐𝗁𝗈 𝖼𝗈𝗎𝗅𝖽𝗇’𝗍 𝗍𝗋𝖺𝗏𝖾𝗅 𝖻𝖾𝖼𝖺𝗎𝗌𝖾 𝗈𝖿 𝗍𝗁𝖾𝗂𝗋 𝗋𝖾𝖿𝗎𝗀𝖾𝖾 𝗌𝗍𝖺𝗍𝗎𝗌. 𝖨 𝗌𝗍𝗂𝗅𝗅 𝗀𝖾𝗍 𝗀𝗈𝗈𝗌𝖾 𝖻𝗎𝗆𝗉𝗌 𝗍𝗁𝗂𝗇𝗄𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗈𝖿 𝗍𝗁𝖾𝗂𝗋 𝖿𝗂𝗀𝗁𝗍 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗉𝖺𝗌𝗌𝗂𝗈𝗇. 𝖲𝖴𝖯𝖤𝖱𝖶𝖮𝖬𝖤𝖭. 𝖳𝗁𝖺𝗍 𝗍𝗁𝖾𝗒 𝗍𝗈𝗈𝗄 𝗁𝗈𝗆𝖾 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗍𝗋𝗈𝗉𝗁𝗒 𝗐𝖺𝗌 𝖿𝖺𝗍𝖾. 𝖧𝖾𝗌𝗍𝗂𝖺 𝗂𝗌 𝖺𝗇 𝖺𝗇𝖼𝗂𝖾𝗇𝗍 𝖦𝗋𝖾𝖾𝗄 𝗀𝗈𝖽𝖽𝖾𝗌𝗌 𝗈𝖿 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗁𝖾𝖺𝗋𝗍𝗁, 𝖺𝗋𝖼𝗁𝗂𝗍𝖾𝖼𝗍𝗎𝗋𝖾, 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗋𝗂𝗀𝗁𝗍 𝗈𝗋𝖽𝖾𝗋𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗈𝖿 𝖽𝗈𝗆𝖾𝗌𝗍𝗂𝖼𝗂𝗍𝗒, 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖿𝖺𝗆𝗂𝗅𝗒 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗁𝗈𝗆𝖾. 𝖲𝗁𝖾 𝗐𝖺𝗌 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗉𝗈𝗐𝖾𝗋 𝗈𝖿 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗅𝗂𝗀𝗁𝗍. 𝖳𝗁𝖾 𝖺𝗌𝗌𝗎𝗆𝗉𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇 𝖻𝖺𝖼𝗄 𝗐𝖺𝗌 𝗍𝗁𝖺𝗍 𝖻𝖾𝗅𝗂𝖾𝗏𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗂𝗇 𝗁𝖾𝗋 𝗐𝗈𝗎𝗅𝖽 𝗋𝖾𝗌𝗎𝗅𝗍 𝗂𝗇 𝗉𝖾𝖺𝖼𝖾 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗁𝖺𝗋𝗆𝗈𝗇𝗒 𝗂𝗇 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗁𝗈𝗆𝖾. 𝖧𝖾𝗌𝗍𝗂𝖺 𝖥𝖢,  which was founded in March 2019, 𝗂𝗌 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖿𝗂𝗋𝗌𝗍 𝗋𝖾𝖿𝗎𝗀𝖾𝖾 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗆𝗂𝗀𝗋𝖺𝗇𝗍 𝗐𝗈𝗆𝖾𝗇 𝖿𝗈𝗈𝗍𝖻𝖺𝗅𝗅 𝗍𝖾𝖺𝗆 𝗂𝗇 𝖦𝗋𝖾𝖾𝖼𝖾. The name was chosen with purpose. Because these women lost their home and family life in their countries and trying to rebuild their lives in their new home in Europe. 𝖳𝗁𝖾 𝖺𝗂𝗆 𝗈𝖿 Hestia FC 𝗂𝗌 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗉𝗋𝗈𝗍𝖾𝖼𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇, 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗉𝗌𝗒𝖼𝗁𝗈𝗅𝗈𝗀𝗂𝖼𝖺𝗅 𝗐𝖾𝗅𝗅-𝖻𝖾𝗂𝗇𝗀, 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖾𝗆𝗉𝗈𝗐𝖾𝗋𝗆𝖾𝗇𝗍 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗌𝗈𝖼𝗂𝖺𝗅 𝗂𝗇𝗍𝖾𝗀𝗋𝖺𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇 […]
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Sporty Gen. Friederike Abt is originally from Bielefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia. When she was about 6 years old, a friend of her introduced her to football — and her passion for life was found! Her family members played handball, for a certain time she has also tried, to be successful in both. But one day her mum told her to choose between both sports! Because it was too much time and effort to have one’s cake and eat it, too. So, Rike stopped playing handball when she was 7 years old. From this decision on, the football goal started to be her second home on the field.” What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger! This was the mental part of the situation she was in: Football sport has always been a masculine domain. So, due to the lack of girls, she had to play with boys since she started with football. At the beginning it was hard from time to time, but it gradually led her to a state of mind in which she felt quite empowered. She developed strength and learned to assert herself. Shaping Facts. And there were also the physical components: She had to deal with the embodied […]
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Women were once silenced in Lebanon. But since the October revolution 2019 it changed. They are fed up with their spot on the sidelines. They are on the frontlines now, demanding their rights. They want to rewrite their own stories in hopes of a better Lebanon for their future female generations. And involving women in sports is a small step for better conditions and equality for women in Lebanon, but it is a clever way to start changing society. Northern Lebanon is a region that is significantly influenced by the Syrian conflict. The region is characterized by high unemployment rates, religious diversity, and high drug abuse. It is extremely important to support and empower girls and women in this particular region. Women’s rights are often overlooked and neglected when communities experience a crisis or undergo a sudden change process, but it is exactly in these times when it is most necessary to advocate for women’s rights and to empower women in the community. DISCOVER FOOTBALL is partnering with GIZ Local Development Programme for Urban Areas in North Lebanon (UDP_NL) to help to strengthen Northern Lebanon. The overall objective of the project is to increase gender equality by supporting and strengthening […]
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If someone had told me that I was going to play football almost 2 months ago, I would have just shake my head and laughed. And then as a goalie. A thing of impossibility. I was a passionate handball player. Football never crossed my mind, because around the corner where I lived, there was simply no possibility. Football became in particular important to me in 2009, when I discovered the power of sport in the context of social change. Behind the camera. But the sport simply pulls you along. You can’t escape it. And so it came to pass that on 30 June I also played in a Guinness World Record football game as a goalkeeper for the first time in my life. After almost working through two days as a photographer, my goal was actually to play 10 minutes only. 1 hour became it finally. And in fact, you get intoxicated. Since 2017 I’m supporting Equal Playing Field (EPF). Together we challenge gender inequality in sport and promote development for girls and women globally. We believe in a world where they are treated equally and are given the respect they deserve. We fight for opportunity, equality and respect in […]
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A green football field surrounded by grandstand holding thousands of cheering spectators, celebrating the eleven winners of the match. The other team is devastated. Women in white tricots looking exhausted and very disappointed, one player lays on the field and covers her face to hide her tears. The feeling: It is over, everything. We gave more than 100% percent, but it wasn’t good enough. A few minutes ago, there was still the chance to win, but now we failed in the penalty shootout. It’s June 2019 and the FIFA Woman’s World Cup 2019 took place in France and numerous similar situations happened throughout the knockout stage. But the scenery above took place throughout the World Cup in Germany in 2011. Despite the eight years in between it is still an extremely relevant match concerning the art of losing. But losing is necessary and crucial for human growth. The USA’s football team (USWNT) in white was devastated in 2011, after losing the finals after a stunning penalty shootout. Seeing the winning Japanese team in their triumph moment was a tragic defeat, even more given that the USWNT are famous for their woman’s soccer and Japan was somewhat of a newcomer. Whenever […]
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Within our project „Kick it like Lira“, we’re primarily interested in supporting girls to become the best and fiercest version of themselves. As we learned in our last ‘sneak peak’ blog entry, many skills from football playing can be adapted to one’s educational career. Similarly, to football, many branches still fight with negative and reducing prejudices on women’s required skills for the job. In order to prove that these prejudices are anything else but true, Girls’ Future Day, or abbreviated Girls’ Day is a nationwide action day, specifically aimed at broadening girls’ range of career choices. Moreover, it intends to motivate girls and women to take up technical and scientific careers and untypical jobs. Local heroes – helping pave the way Some of the girls presented in our project correspond exactly to this atypical job description. In order to maintain the perfect balance between career and athletics as a young person, you need all-embracing and professional support. The “Kick it like Lira” project therefore cooperates with Anpfiff ins Leben, a non-profit association that supports young athletes and people with amputations in creating the best possible prospects for their private and professional future. A large network of schools, universities, associations, business […]
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Women and men all around the world have been marching today, more than 100 years since International Women’s Day was first celebrated. The ultimate goal of those marching is to recognize past struggles and achievements, and to draw attention to the many challenges still facing those speaking out for gender equality. Thousands of events have been held around the globe and the issues they are highlighting include, better representation of women in media and politics, and better global access to education and medical care. 100 years ago, the suffragette movement in Germany called on women to take to the streets; and thousands of them did. German women demanded shorter working hours, better pay and voting rights. Their courage was the foundation for the many fantastic women in Germany today whose skills, especially in the field of football, still go unrecognized. It is well known that women’s soccer, formerly known as “ladies” football, has been a wallflower for decades. Typically, sports clubs rejected women. Soccer matches for women were considered indecent and even forbidden! After years of fighting against the odds, female soccer players experienced a victory in 1970, when the German Soccer Association finally gave in and began allowing women’s […]
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On what’s ahead in 2019, particularly one event shines on the horizon: the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 taking place in France. Women’s football has recently gained in popularity and participation. But we have not reached our goal yet and will continue to challenge stereotypes and demand respect for women in soccer. Together with Equal Playing Field, DISCOVER FOOTBALL, Women Win, Global Goals World Cup and all the other great organization fighting for the United Nations goal number 5. Going this direction, I intend the exhibition “Kick it like Lira” focusing on girls and women playing football in Baden-Württemberg. It shares a familiar story to many of the World Class players who fought against the odds to make it where they are today. It is a tale about a journey of girls who overcome many obstacles to fight for change in the way female football is perceived – and about their individual motivation strengths and successes. It therefore aims at the visibility of girls and women playing football beyond the sexualized images portrayed in media. With an emotionally charged photo and video documentation, multi-faceted storytelling including a social media campaign, the project sets out principles to support the empowerment of women […]
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A year ago, I would never have dreamed of climbing Kilimanjaro. That was not on my bucket list. But faith is known to move mountains. And so I was able to capture exciting scenes from the first football game on the roof of Africa with my camera. The actors? Strong women from 24 countries.For courage and self-confidence, it is also in the next action. On April 5 we continue our journey and again women from more than 20 countries are taking on this new challenge to open the door to the next generation and show the great highs and lows that women and girls experience in simply trying to play the game they love. Our mission: to motivate women to fight for their dreams and their rights. The initiator of the campaign is Equal Playing Field, an organization dedicated to women’s equality and equality in sport – especially in football. “All girls deserve the chance to grow beyond their own borders,” says co-founder Laura Youngson. Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein of Jordan supports the EPF campaign. On the offensive: Encouraging women to go their own way These women are ready to give all – in show matches in front of unique […]
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The attraction of a good deed: Female footballer is honored by Bono in a U2 song after playing a spectacular match on the Kilimanjaro Kicking at an elevation of almost 6000 meters: A very special kind of exhilaration. A legal high that – in the truest sense of the word – can only be topped by very few other experiences. I.e. a concert by a band that is worshiped by its fans with a cult of reverence: U2. Time and time again, Bono, The Edge & Co., manage to convey a sense of pleasure with groove and goosebumps in a holistic experience. What do pinnacle Football and U2 have in common? More than anyone thinks. It involves women: On June 24th, 2017, approximately 30 female players from 24 countries made history and set a record by playing a football match on the Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. On this mountain, neither stadiums nor streets have a name. The game and the underlying ‘Equal Playing Field’ initiative potentially caught the attention of the Irish rock stars. Either way: The match – more precisely, the player Josefina Martorell – was actually mentioned by U2 in a song, which the band performed […]
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