Girls and young women in Egypt make up half of the population and yet have to deal with gender discrimination and inequality every day. In Egypt, like in many countries, girls from a very young age are expected to follow rules, do domestic work, take care of younger siblings, marry early and raise a family. Many more girls than boys drop out of school and are left without opportunities to make a better living for themselves and their families. ISA believes the empowerment of girls and young women – and the engagement of boys and men – is a prerequisite for gender equality. That is why ISA helps girls and young women gain self-confidence, exercise leadership skills and break through gender stereotypes.
Sports is the most popular outdoor activity among young people. Doing sports is fun, bonding and makes you feel stronger. It creates solidarity among girls and stirs up debate about gender roles. Young women who play football or basketball together – still male dominated sports – in an Egyptian slum are making a statement. Showing their potential makes them feel powerful. And by doing this they challenge other people’s views about what girls are capable of.
Last week, ISA launched a Girls Empowerment and Gender Equality Programme in Egypt. The programme began with the training of 15 coaches, both male and female, who will work in disadvantaged communities in the upcoming year. Together they will empower hundreds of girls, work on building their self confidence and leadership skills but also with hundreds of boys who, together will work on breaking through gender stereotypes.
Meet our Community Sports Coaches
Noha, Bassant & Faiza
Three amazing female football players that will be working with 50 girls in Mashyet nasser. The three coaches are powerful role models for the young women they will be working with through out the year.
Amr & Omaar
Our male champions! Their support for young girls in their community is unwavering. Through their year programme they will engage the community to support young women. Furthermore their programme focuses on empowerment and leadership.
Nora is one of Egypt’s retired best tennis players (nr4 ranking) and now an amazing rugby player. Through her rugby programme with the young women she will be working on setting boundaries, getting stronger and self confidence.