"Women themselves have the right to live in dignity, in freedom from want and freedom from fear. On this International Women's Day, let us rededicate ourselves to making that a reality." (Kofi Annan, 2005)
Each year on March 8, International Women's Day is observed. Everywhere around the world people show their appreciation towards the female members of our societies. WhizzKids United celebrated International Women's Day at the Health Academy with an All Girls football tournament.
The event was opened by Busisiwe Madondo (Clinical Manager at the Health Academy), who spoke the traditional prayer and gave a short speech to the guests. Then all the players got ready for the why they came together - a football tournament for girls only. In most parts of the world football has the reputation of being a sport for males only. Since the beginning of WhizzKids United boys and girls have always played football together to overcome this stereotype. And the matches yesterday showed impressively that football is for girls as much as it is for boys. The girls showed a tremendous amount of passion and engagement during the matches, they ran and fought and everyone wanted the victory. It was especially nice to see how they were supported by all the boys who had come to the Health Academy cheer for their female classmates.
Between the games, Neli Mkhize (Life Orientation Teacher at Mthethomusha Primary School) gave a very inspiring and motivational speech, in which she addressed the importance of emancipated women in society and the Spar10z performed one of their amazing dance routines, which made all the girls go crazy.
After six thrilling matches, the team Banyana Banyana - just like the South African Women's national team - could secure the trophy for them. But all the players on that day were winners; they helped WhizzKids United to promote gender equality and fight discrimination. For their special role on the day and representing all women of the society, all the players received a medal and a red rose.
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A special thank you goes to The Antique Rose (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Hilton, Pietermaritzburg for donating the roses, which were given to all the guests and players.