Women of Fútbol Más shared their stories of change in an inspiring meeting between leaders of Lima
The amphitheater of the Parque de la Muralla was the meeting place where different young women and women leaders shared their stories of empowerment and social entrepreneurship in the benefits of their communities.
Last Wednesday, March 6, the International Women’s Day was commemorated in the Forum “Tinku: Community Development through the voices of girls and women from the neighborhoods of Lima” organized by Fútbol Más Perú and Servicios de Parques (SERPAR), of the Municipality of Lima. The Forum featured exhibitions of adolescents and women leaders from the neighborhoods of Fútbol Más in Lima Norte and Lima Sur.
The first table was hosted by Maribel Lizana Tocto and Elizabeth Huaringa Cáceres, members of the Neighborhood Coordination Team of Pucusana and San Martín de Porres, respectively. “In my neighborhood we do the impossible to change the mindset of the community and show that girls and women can play,” said Maribel Lizana; while, Elizabeth Huaringa shared her dreams as a leader: “I want to become mayor of my district and promote the non-contamination of neighborhoods in my community.”
The second table was led by Linda Carol from the neighborhood of Enrique Milla, Los Olivos and Angi Taype from El Artesano, Lurín. They are young leaders and social sports instructors in their neighborhoods and shared the challenges and convictions of taking the lead in a sport such as football. For Linda Carol, her biggest challenge was to break the stereotypes, since the boys did not admit that a teenager could lead them. “I had to look for strategies to reach them and to make them recognize that my effort was for the benefit of all.”
Angi, on the other hand, spoke of his surprise when entering Fútbol Más, “For me it was not usual to find a place where boys and girls play together, I liked that a lot. Now what motivates me the most is to continue training leaders like me, instilling the values we learn in classes, such as empathy, respect and equality. ”
In addition, the forum featured the conference by Jimena Chávez, social director of Fútbol Más Perú, on community development from a gender perspective in which she highlighted the potential of women to promote development and well-being in their community. “Tinku has been a space where the work of the organization could be reflected through the empowerment of women and the promotion of spaces of equality through sport,” he said.
The ceremony concluded with a special recognition of Mrs. Elizabeth Huaringa for her work as Directora Barrial Fútbol Más in the neighborhood of Nuevo Amanecer in San Martín de Porres, in the promotion of safer, inclusive and resilient public spaces.
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