The inspiring journey of girls breaking barriers

Published on August 10, 2023

A remarkable change unfolded in the small Bedmuka village in Giridih district. It was a place where traditions and societal norms had a strong grip, especially when it came to gender roles and expectations.

There was a group of 25 spirited and determined girls who were a part of the Jhansi Kishori group, started with the collaboration of CRY UK and the 
project team. In one of their regular group meetings, the girls bravely brought up the idea of playing football. Excitement filled their eyes, but they were unsure on how their families would react to it.

One of the girls said, "Our parents won't allow us to play, and the boys in the village would make fun of us." The other replied with determination, "What are we afraid of? We won't know until we try. If boys can play football, so can we! We just need to convince our parents and show them that we're capable."

With the encouragement of their school teacher, the village president, and the project team, the girls decided to approach their families. They assured their parents that they would play under the supervision of responsible adults, eliminating any concerns about their safety.

A community meeting was arranged, and the village mothers were invited to participate. The project team explained the significance of sports, emphasizing how it could empower the girls, improve their health, and promote teamwork. Moved by the compelling arguments and the determination of their daughters, they agreed to support the girls in their quest to play football.

With the help of the organization, the girls acquired a football, and their dream took flight. The project team coached them on the rules of the game, strategies, and techniques. Their passion and skill began to catch the attention of the entire village, including their parents. They had transformed from uncertain dreamers into fearless players.

The transformation of the girls in the village was a testament to the power of determination, unity, and breaking barriers. They not only conquered their fear of societal judgment but had also learnt to negotiate and claim space for themselves.