Gender discrimination within women’s football is a worldwide problem. Playing football or promoting gender equality through football projects means overcoming many barriers on and off the pitch. Women’s football is always embedded in larger societal relations and thus necessarily political. In the last 20 years, many women's football clubs have been founded in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa), but the football players in many countries are still confronted with resistances and insufficient funds and support for women's football.
How is the current situation of women's football and sports in Lebanon and the MENA region? How can women's rights and justice be promoted in and through football? Which connections can be drawn to other actors and issues promoting gender equality? With political upheavals in the region, the question of women's rights becomes even more important.
Women who are active in sports in Lebanon and the MENA region will discuss these issues with the audience.
This panel discussion will take place during the DISCOVER FOOTBALL conference “Promoting Gender Equality through Women’s Empowerment in Football in North Lebanon and the MENA Region”.
Moderation: Ines Pohl, editor-in-chief at Deutsche Welle