This Wednesday 5th June, to celebrate the launch of the Women’s World Cup, Football Beyond Borders and NIKE are holding a special youth-led evening featuring photography, art, film and entertainment as we pay homage to The Women Who Changed The Game.
For this event, female students from Elm Green school in Tulse Hill, Archbishop Lanfranc in Croydon and Harris Academy in Peckham have researched and explored inspirational women from around the world and worked with renowned filmmakers, artists and influencers to create their very own zine and a range of other multimedia content.
The project has given FBB’s female participants the opportunity to celebrate a wider range of female role models than those they hear about in the mainstream media or the education system. Marcelinne, aged 15, was delighted: “During this project I’ve learned that some of the most important voices aren’t heard because they’re female. They aren’t praised for the greatness that they contribute to the world.”
The young women were also encouraged to share their own ideas of how they want to change the game. Mia, aged 12, said: “I’m going to change the game by becoming a therapist. But not your ordinary therapist. A lot of young people don’t feel comfortable talking to therapists because the rooms and therapists themselves are boring and strict. I want to create a welcoming space for young people. I want to do this because I have had my own experiences of therapy through FBB and have seen the benefits it can have. I want to take it to the next level.”
Inspired by the NIKE World Cup kit launch in Paris last February, the project has been rooted in the nations who will be stepping out in France in the first ever football kits designed by women, for women. Namely England, Australia, China, France, Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa and the USA.
The evening on Wednesday will shine a light on the work of some incredible young women in London who are trailblazers in their field, whilst writing some of the most inspirational women from football, politics, media and society back into the history books.
FBB’s Head of Female Participation Ceylon Hickman is hugely excited about the event: “This event is more than an exhibition. It’s more than a celebration of women’s football in anticipation of the biggest world cup in history. It’s a movement started by girls in London who are fed up of being left out of the history books. They’ve taken it upon themselves to change that by uncovering the stories of women from around the world who have created change in their communities, and shone a light on women in London who are making moves in their fields. They’ve created a zine that etches these women, and themselves as authors of this work, into history. A zine that will live beyond the World Cup.”
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