The SCORING GIRLS* Iraq project offers girls and young women – regardless of their ethnicity or religious affiliation – a safe environment, which uses exercise and team sports to overcome the trauma they have experienced as a result of war, flight, and displacement, as well as to regain basic confidence in their own abilities.
In the newly built HÁWAR.help Sportspark, which is attached to our BACK TO LIFE Women’s Center, the participants are given the opportunity to strengthen their body naturally, reduce and prevent stress, and experience the joy and unique sense of community of team sports. In the process, sport serves as an anchor of stability for the girls, giving them a break from their everyday lives while teaching them important social skills such as team spirit, fairness, and the ability to deal with conflict. In addition, the participants find sources of inspiration and strong female role models through SCORING GIRLS* Iraq, for example through their trainer, who is herself a professional soccer player in Iraq. Thus, the soccer and sports courses not only represent an important element of a holistic support approach, but also help to combat gender-specific taboos and overcome stigmatization, reservations, and prejudices against women and sports.
“When we come here, we can forget all our worries. We meet new people and can make new friends. It was always my dream to become a soccer player.”
“Sports are very important for the girls. Especially for their physical health, because they are still growing and should develop a healthy and resilient body.”
Trainer HÁWAR.help Iraq
“I am convinced that with SCORING GIRLS* we get to the root of the matter and we need to expand the project not only in Germany but also in crisis regions, where children also have the right to have hopes and dreams.”
SCORING GIRLS* Initiator
SCORING GIRLS* Iraq is supported by:
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