We are thrilled to share Al Jazeera’s recently-released Dare To Play video—following Jordan’s all-female Global Goals World Cup (GGWCUP) tournament—which features Reclaim Childhood’s very own Amman Head Coach Reem Neyaz, and Amman Coach and Qudrati Teen Program Mentor Fathia Musse. They discuss the challenges faced by women in Jordan, but also how women are helping to shift long-entrenched gender norms and traditions through sport.
The Reclaim Childhood staff competed as team ‘Reclaim Childhood - She Can/She Scores’ in the tournament this past May. Created by Copenhagen-based NGO Eir, the GGWCUP is the first ever women’s amateur World Cup, designed to fuel networks of girls and women supporting each other to break down barriers, lead local sustainable development, and amplify their call to action. Leading up to match day, each team championed one of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals and is ranked by the action taken for their Global Goal on and off the field. Although the tournament was delayed multiple times due to COVID19, RC’s year round work towards Goal 5—Gender Equality continued, with an additional focus on Goals 3 - Good Health & Well-Being and 4 - Quality Education.
In addition to its everyday work empowering girls from refugee and host communities through sport, the RC team partnered with Team Let Gaza Live from the Amani Charity to bring together mothers and their teenage daughters from Amman, Zarqa, and Jerash (Gaza) Refugee Camp. Thanks to the support of the Australian Embassy’s Direct Aid Program, RC facilitated sessions for them to play soccer, share experiences, discuss women’s roles in the community, and talk about how they can work together to overcome challenges and encourage the next generation of girls, on and off the field.
We are honored to have been a part of the first GGWCUP in Jordan and to be the recipient of the Inclusion Award, a testament to the spaces that RC coaches work to create every day for girls. Congratulations to all teams for the incredible work they’ve done championing the Sustainable Development Goals in their communities.
Thank you to the Australian Embassy in Jordan, which supported this work through its Direct Aid Program.