On the October 11 we celebrated the international day of the girl. 1.1 billion girls live on this planet and all of them have the right to discover and use their energy, power and creativity. To this day a lot of girls are discriminated on a daily basis (UNWomen, 2017). Most of the girls in India are not able to make decisions over their own life. Slum Soccer aims to empower the girls in India by letting them play football. Slum Soccer celebrated the international day of the girl with approximately 40 to 50 girls.
The celebration took place at the Koradi ground and consisted of a classroom session and a football tournament. During the classroom session the girls got asked the question: ‘how should a girl look like?’. Some of the girls answered that girls should wear pink and should cover themselves. Others disagreed and a diverse debate arose on this topic.
The final goal of this discussion was to let the girls know that they are good the way they are. A tournament followed after the classroom session in which also boys participated. Yet, the girls had more ‘power’ because if they scored the goal counted twice. The celebration of the international day of the girl was not only fun, also educative. The celebration tried to break the traditional perspective on girls.