We are looking forward to our participants from all over the world.
Champions ohne Grenzen Ladies, Berlin, Germany
We are proud to welcome one of our closest hometown collaborators to the 2016 Festival, CHAMPIONS ohne GRENZEN Ladies. CHoG is a nonprofit association which provides assistance for refugees in Berlin-Brandenburg using sports as its main tool of empowerment. ‘By means of exclusive soccer practice facilities, orientation tours in the local cultural landscapes, social counseling and personal networking, the club accompanies refugees from all over the world on their way to a new and empowered life in refuge.’ The NGO was also the organizer of the first congress of Refugees and Sports in Berlin in October 2014.
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Sportif Lezbon, Turkey
Founded by women, Sportif Lezbon, is a football team open to players of all sexual identities and orientations. Since their founding they have joined Ozgur Lig, an alternative Turkish football league. The division was founded in 2015 and consists largely of university students and LGBTQ activists challenging racism, nationalism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia. Article: https://sports.vice.com/en_us/article/sportif-lezbon-lgbt-soccer-discrimination-turkey
Asmayee Football Club Kabul, Afghanistan
Asmayee Football Club was formed in 2011 by Afghan national football player Fanoos Basir. AFC uses football as a tool to promote women's rights, literacy, and empowerment. Members organize football clubs with women and girls displaced by the war in Afghanistan, many of whom are currently living in the drastically under-resourced camps in Kabul having previously fled to Iran and Pakistan. AFC players advocate on behalf of Afghan asylum seekers abroad, as well as young girls working as bound laborers in the carpet-making factories of Afghanistan. Web: https://www.facebook.com/Asmayee-Football-Club-Kabul-776083585844455/
Kakuma Starlets United, Kenya
The Starlets represent and work on behalf of the local community of Kakuma which has been the site of the sprawling Kakuma refugee camp since its establishment in 1991-92. The team includes South Sudanese players who have lived a decade or more as refugees in Kenya, in addition to local players who grew up in the Turkana region. Together, they work to promote women’s football as a peaceful point of connection between different groups living in Kakuma, promoting educational opportunities and peaceful conflict resolution.
Diyar Women Football + Right to Play, Palestine
Among Diyar’s players are some of the first grassroots organizers for women’s football in the Palestinian Territories. As their work has reached more and more women, they continue to advocate for social values, fair play, justice and gender equality. Diyar will be joined this year by two members of Right to Play, an organization that ‘uses the power of play to educate and empower children to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease in disadvantaged communities.’
Les Dégommeuses, Paris, France
In their on-going commitment to global LGBTQI inclusion and visibility, Les Dégommeuses most recently produced FOOTBALL FOR FREEDOM, a week-long festival “to celebrate the emancipatory virtues of football and to promote integration through sport, through a series of sporting and cultural events in Paris, comprising, among others, a football tournament, a photo Exhibit, as well as several debates with young people and stakeholders about xenophobia and homophobia.”
Brigata della Pace, Bologna, Italy
Brigata della Pace, the Peace Brigade, is dedicated to LGBTQI rights and visibility, and works on behalf of refugees living in Bologna. Members of the team are also organizers of the Reno Splash Festival, a music festival to fight racism.
Altahadi Women’s Football Team, Sudan
Al-Tahadi women’s football team was founded in May 2001 by a group of young women who shared one outstanding passion - to play football. Despite negative public views and social restrictions, the Al-Tahadi team thrives thanks to the amazing dedication of its players and supportive volunteers. ALTAHDY (Arabic meaning challenges) team brings together players from different regions of Sudan, including zones of major conflict such as South Sudan, Darfur, the Nuba mountains, Nyala, Al-Fashir, Al-Damazine and Kadogli. The team emphasizes harmony and unity, while still recognizing the cultural and religious differences among its members. ‘Our vision is to encourage women in Africa in general to pursue their highest limits, and to motivate girls in [Sudan] to stand against gender inequality and change the public view regarding women’s football.’
Yaran Hejazi, Iran
The women of Yaran Hejazi work alongside NGOs in and around Tehren, giving support through football to children displaced by ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. Atoosa Hejazi, daughter of the famed former-National Team goalkeeper Naser Hejazi, leads the team. She and her teammates share their love of the game, promoting women’s football, advocating for the right to dedicated space and equipment for women’s and girls’ teams in Iran.
Alaqiq FC, Saudia Arabia
We welcome members of the Alaqiq FC team, Mai Abdulsalam, Mariam Arab, Roaa Al-hajili, and Amal Ayay to HOME GAME 2016. In 2008, Mai found the first female football team in Jeddah and started coaching in 2011, while continuing her work through intellectual youth initiatives, economics and sustainable development work. Amal Ayay is the manager of the Sports Club at her university and has been playing football in Riyadh since 2014.
Tripoli Group, Tripoli, Libya
‘...on the pitch we should all be the same, we all belong. Playing football is a sense of freedom.’ With football as the point of connection, Tripoli Group works with women displaced within the country as a result of continuing civil war. Their recent efforts have focused on the Twargha camp of Tripoli. This year the players wish to take on the challenge of visiting other camps inside Libya, in cooperation with like-minded organizations.
Volos 2004 WFC, Greece
One of seven women’s teams in their club, Volos 2004 WFC is a relatively young group of current and future leaders in the realm of social change through women’s football. Prior to the EU-Turkey statement of March 2016, their hometown of Volos, located in Central Greece, was one of the port cities which received an influx of refugees as the Greek army began moving anyone landing on islands like Lesbos and Chios to the mainland. Volos as a team is motivated to build connection between cultures through football.