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“I want to have a future with a good education and the freedom to do what I want.” Havere Morina When I met Hava, I got to know a smart, dedicated and passionate young woman. She wants to change the world and be a role model. She is growing up in Hodonoc in Kosovo. She had a happy childhood. When she started to play soccer, things got complicated. Where she lived, no girl played soccer. Women’s soccer was not accepted. But her love for soccer grew every day. And soon she was the only girl playing with boys from her neighborhood. She felt happy and free on the field. But as she got older, neighbors started talking about her behind her back. But her family strengthened her back. You only live once and should live your life freely they encouraged her. But suddenly her life at home became difficult. They were exposed to persecution and her family had to leave home. 2014 they arrived in Germany. A new life began for Hava. She said it felt like being born again. The beginning was not easy. But she is curious about the country she now lives in. She is ambitious. At […]
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Decision between Soccer and Tennis Martina is from Heilbronn. Then she also played tennis. She used to be very good in both — soccer and tennis. At one point, it turned out to be too much with both trainings and she had to decide for one of it — she chose soccer. Why? That is quite simple: “Football is a winning team; you celebrate your wins altogether. In tennis you are standing alone with everything.”   Good Performance kills Prejudices  Martina plays soccer for more then 19 years! She started at the age of 6. She only played with boys, no matter where — on the football ground or in unions. In the start, they didn’t take her seriously, but when they saw her kicking, they started to worship her. Performance kills prejudices! Her life theme: Live now, in the presence and make sure to be happy. Her dream for the future is to develop forward and solidify — in job and in football. Soccer helps to grow as a person  Through playing soccer, Martina was able to grow as a person. She learned to stand up and keep her head up. She can aim at her targets and reach them. All that she learned on the football field. In her chest there is beating an warrior’s heart. […]
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Growing up sheltered  The first chapter of her life began in the southern part of Germany. Pia grew up in Kochel am See. It’s close to the alps and therefore very idyllic with beautiful landscapes. In 2001 her family  moved to Mosbach, where she went to school and graduated with the university-entrance diploma in 2012. Pia started academic studies in ‘media and communication sciences’ at the university in Mannheim. Because it was too stressful for her driving from Mosbach to Mannheim every day, she moved to the city she studied in. Love at second sight Pia’s older brother is 2 years older than her. He has already played football when the family still lived in Bavaria. She always accompanied him, but hasn’t played herself. Not until they’ve moved to Mosbach. Then she started with 2 other classmates, girls, to play in the minor league of the FC Mosbach. But the others soon lost interest in playing football and Pia didn’t want to play solely with boys. So, she stopped playing football until she was around 16 years old. Pia started to stand on the field again when the VfK Diedesheim formed a girls-team. To her many stops lead to the goal  After Pia moved to Mannheim, she started to play for the TSV Amicitia Viernheim. In 2015 she graduated from university with her bachelor’s degree. Luckily, she got an internship at the press office of the football association in Baden. For this job […]
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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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Mindfulness at work … What does mindfulness have to do with digital change? On the surface, not much at a first glance. But not without a good reason this topic is experiencing a real hype recently, especially in fast-moving industries. The environment is changing rapidly. New challenges are emerging faster and faster, especially the ones we face in the business world. Sign of the times: Available knowledge worldwide doubles every five to seven years. And 80 percent of the technologies used today will be replaced by new ones in ten years’ time. In addition, there is a very high workload: too many, too complex tasks, strong deadline and performance pressure, multi-tasking, interruptions, constant availability and an often-unhealthy management and work culture. Short-term stress reactions can indeed have an activating effect. However, if the level remains high and there are no recovery phases, the body switches to continuous alarm. Mindfulness is an effective method of achieving a stress-free state of consciousness during work. Sport can have a similar balancing effect.   Mental fitness in sports Being in shape as an athlete means to sharpen your concentration, to think self-motivating and to face new challenges in a relaxed and self-confident way. Mental […]
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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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