#Sport4Refugees Perspectives – Doua
“My name is Doua. I am 17 years old and I come from Irak. I love to read and to write and I also like sports. I like that we play all together. Personally, when I play with boys, I feel stronger. I am not afraid of them; I feel like we are at the same level. When a girl plays with boys, she realizes she is just as strong as they are.”
It is a widely shared observation that women have less access to sport than men and that within sport, there are often negative stereotypes that go along with female participation. Therefore, when a young girls has fled her country and arrived in a foreign environment, there are twice as many barriers – being both a female and a refugee – that prevent her from participating in sport.
But, when given the chance, refugee girls flourish as much as the boys. Doua, a participant through Fútbol Más, has found sport as a fulfilling activity, an opportunity to find self-empowerment, and a method to fight stereotypes.