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Changing gender stereotypes through football

With our focus on girls’ rights, Plan International Honduras is working to empower girls to fulfil their full potential.

Our project, ‘Promoting the Empowerment of girls through football’ has the support of the local help governments of Santiago Puringla, San José (Department of La Paz) and Comayagua, and aims to contribute to a change in society’s perception of girls, questioning the gender roles and stereotypes that prevent them from enjoying their rights in an equal way to boys.

The project works with 360 girls in 6 communities. One of the girls is Kimberly, 10, who is studying in the sixth grade at school in San Antonio. She is a very active girl who loves to work with her classmates, and she also supports her mother with the housework. Her parents have played a very important role in her life, because they have being the ones that motivate her to be part of the project.

Before the project started, Kimberly played football in a local field, which led her to become involved. Nowadays, Kimberly is one of the most active girls in our football project. She likes the activities and says the scheme has given her more self-esteem.

"The project for me means an opportunity to grow, and it also allows girls to engage in activities that have traditionally been one of the boys,” she says. "I’ve got the opportunity to play football and get skills that are very useful in my life.” 

San Antonio's Football Team
Kimberly with her football team in San Antonio, La Paz.