SCU Young Leader in BBC’s 100 inspiring and influential women list
Posted on the 18th October 2019
Greta Thunberg, Megan Rapinoe, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…. These are just three of the incredible women in the BBC’s list of 100 inspiring and influential women 2019. We’re absolutely delighted that Jasmin, who captained Team England at the Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019, has been included in the list to recognise her amazing achievements.
During the Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019 Jasmin gave a speech with her teammate Sabeha in Westminster, captained her side in a world cup final at Lord’s and was identified by the Telegraph’s Isabelle Westbury as “the tournament’s star player”.
After the SCCWC 2019 Jasmin was invited to speak at Beyond Sport UK, an international conference, to take part in a panel on how sport can drive positive community and societal outcomes. With Street Child United Jasmin travelled to Lyon to take part in activities around the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, including Festival19 and the world-record-breaking Equal Playing Field.
Jasmin said: “I am feeling extremely honoured and proud at the same time for being included in the BBC’s 100 Women list and to be sharing the same platform with incredible women like Megan Rapinoe and Greta Thunberg.
“I would like to thank my family, friends, community, Street Child United and Centrepoint – they’ve all provided me with the support, love and opportunities that have helped me become the young woman I am.
“I am extremely honoured because I am the only Rohingya refugee to be included in the list. In some parts of Asian society there are restrictions and barriers put on women broadening their horizons. However, I have proved them wrong – the fact I am here today as an Asian girl, as a Rohingya refugee and as the captain of Team England in the Street Child Cricket World Cup is testament to my hard work, resilience and the belief that others have shown in me. I have broken barriers, I rose above expectations.
“It is important for everyone to know that women can do everything, given the chance to. I am a Rohingya refugee, I spent almost a decade in destitute poverty without access to education. My human rights were denied. But, thanks to the support and generosity of the UK and the UN, I have been given the chance to prove to the world that Rohingya’s are not a burden, rather we can and will contribute to society. I choose to stay positive despite my experience because I believe together we can overcome our difficulties. In the refugee camps, I could not have dreamt of ever picking up a bat and a ball but given the chance, I achieved a lot.”
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