Futebol da Forca
Futebol dá força was founded in Mozambique´s capital Maputo in 2012 by Cecilia Andrén Nyström and Sara ‘Sarita’ Jacob Simone, and since then have built up programs all over the country. It was in Mozambique that the methodology developed to then spread to other countries in the world. The development and the programs in Mozambique are led by Sarita who works hard to promote and strengthen the right that she was not given herseld as a young girl.
After almost five centuries as a Portuguese colony that ended with independence in 1975, Mozambique has faced large-scale emigration, economic independece, severe drougtht, and a prolonged civil war that is still on-going. Mozambique consequently had a hard time and is still among the poorest contries in the world. Traditional social structures and attitudes restrict girls’ right and opportunities.
More than 50% of all girls get married before they reach the age of 18, with many unwanted and early pregnancies and school drop outs as some oft he consequences. Only 34% of girls complete primary schools. Sexual abuse and deomestic violence is widespread, which has a direct correlation with the high amount of young women infected by HIV. Few girls know their rights, and especially their sexual and reproductive rights. Traditional hierarchical structures also prevent girls from exercising their rights when they are aware oft hem.
Futebol dá força works to strengthen girls’ rights and opportunities through football. Futebol dá força means ‘football gives strength’. Through football, FDF aims to
- empower leaders (coaches, girls and communities) on the football field and further in life
- change structures in society that today limit girls’ opportunities.
- strengthen girls as well as their possibilities and influence in society – simply because we believe that everyone should have access to the same rights and opportunities.
Futebol dá força aims to empower coach voluntary leaders in inclusive leadership, sexual and reproductive health and rights and as football coaches. The leaders in turn empower their players both on and off the field, while they at the same time change attitudes and structures in their local communities that today limit girl#s rights and opportunities.
Futebol dá força empowers by creating a safe space both on an doof the football field where girls can develop, grow and find their right way in life. Through football, grils strengthen their cognitive skills, seld-esteem abd self-confidence, while they also learn about their right in order to be able to make informed decisions that affect their future.
Futebol dá força empowers communities where the leaders and players are active by changing attitudes and structures that prevent girls from exercising their rights and getting equal opportunities. We work together with local community structures to engage them to join us and lead change.
Futebol dá força runs the first national football league for girls – the first and only football league ever in the country. Before each game, all football playing girls participate in workshops about human rights as well as sexual and reproductive health and rigths. During each game, they have the same
workshops with the audience around the field. This way everyone is part of the change; both the girls who learn to stand up for their rights and the community that learns to acknowledge girls’ rights. The league is played in more than 30 districts all over the county in one agr group: U15. The league starts with district play-offs, followed by provincial play-offs, and finally ends with regional and national finals.
In total 304 leaders have been empowered. This benefits thousands of girls, of which 7378 play games and participate in workshops every weekend, and reaching thousands of people on the sidelines – every week.
Our role in FDF: In the early stages FFWU was involved in developing project programmes and supported FDF before it was set up as an organisation. Since then coaches from the FdF movement participate in coaching courses from FFWU when organized in Mozambique. We still cooperate on a strategic level working on how to enable coaches all over the world to learn and use our methods.