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Caught Our Eye #3

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This week, with the Women's World Cup reaching the pointy end, some insights into women and football, and sport in general.*

And, finally, a comment on the Palestine v Israel dispute at the latest FIFA Congress.

Sport and Women

Girls Tackle Stereotypes (And Each Other) in US Football League

How FIFA Discriminates Against the Women's World Cup (possibly for the better...)

Is Women in Sport a Feminist Issue?

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Pic: Zimbio.com

Women's Star May Have Violent Past

Female EPL Club Owner Shows Men How its Done

Culture Must Change for Women's Game

Prejudice Still Exists

Norway's Team Takes a Shot at Detractors....By Laughing at Them

Power of Sport

This Young Girl Collapses Every Race, But She Keeps Racing

Comment:

On May 29, The FIFA Congress saw the culmination in the campaign by the Palestinian Football Federation to give the Israeli federation the red card, by kicking them out of FIFA on charges of player discrimination and institutionalised prejudice at some Israeli clubs.

The move towards the vote, which favoured the Palestinian case, was marked by speeches from the Palestinian and Israeli delegates, calling for peace and reconciliation.

Sure, we've heard it all before in this part of the world. But we at The Kick Project believe that there are few vehicles like football for building peace. If we can get the suits and their vested interests out of the way, and allow the game and its stakeholders to play together, then maybe peace can get some traction here, as elsewhere.

"Game on", we say.



*The Kick Project supports women's participation in all sports and encourages considerations for merged football/soccer teams at all levels and ages.


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