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Nine teams of street-connected girls from around the world, aged 14 – 17 competed in our first girls-only tournament. The girls’ tournament is an important statement of solidarity with street girls who are so often unseen and denied the opportunities to play sport. It provides these girls with an even greater opportunity to change perceptions and for their stories to be heard.
Girls are more often abused, denied opportunities and basic rights. Gender stereotypes are being lived out because girls are not properly supported or represented – they are neglected, marginalized and vulnerable to gender-based violence and abuse, both on the streets and in the situations leading up to their arrival there. There are not enough specific services for street connected girls, and many projects find it difficult to engage them.
We don’t want the girls’ tournament to be seen as separate from the SCWC as a whole – it is crucial to engage boys with the issues for girls on the streets, since they have often (but not always) been the perpetrators of abuse. Street connected girls often lack visible role models and sport can offer these – as well as a chance to change perceptions, challenge stereotypes and inspire dreams.
Find out more about the girls’ teams who took part