My name is Rose Thomson. I’m the Program Coordinator for Yuwa, an NGO that uses football (soccer) and education to prevent child marriage and human trafficking in rural India.
Since 2009, Yuwa has been creating football teams for girls in villages in Jharkhand. In rural Jharkhand, 6 out of 10 girls drop out of school and become child brides. Most women are illiterate, incapable even of signing their own name. Over 100,000 girls are trafficked out of the state each year.
Yuwa uses football as a tool for empowerment because it’s proven to be a powerful way to get drop-outs back into school, build up confidence, and connect girls with a supportive social network. A girl who joins a Yuwa team meets with her peers everyday. She attends additional classes before and after school. She learns about her body, her health, and her rights. She is encouraged to ask questions and speak up. She starts to take her future into her own hands.
This blog illustrates some of Yuwa’s stories.
Thanks for reading.