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    Indian girls’ project wins 2019 Laureus Sport for Good Award.

Taking the future into their own hands.

Yuwa (Hindi for “youth”) is the name of the programme which is receiving the Sport for Good Award at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco. This decision honours an initiative which gives girls in the northern Indian state of Jharkhand the tools to take their future into their own hands. Mercedes-Benz has been supporting Laureus Sport for Good since 2000. Yuwa aims to equip girls and young women in Jharkhand, India, with education, self-confidence and leadership skills and thus protect them against violence. As is the case with all Laureus Sport for Good projects, Yuwa utilises the power of sport to help disadvantaged children and young people. At Yuwa the participants play football on a daily basis and regularly take part in team competitions.

Stellar moment in Mercedes-Benz’s social commitment. The Indian girls’ sports project YUWA wins the 2019 Laureus Sport for Good Award.
Stellar moment in Mercedes-Benz’s social commitment. The Indian girls’ sports project YUWA wins the 2019 Laureus Sport for Good Award.

Fostering independence.

Many of the older girls also work for Yuwa as coaches, earning their own money, which in turn helps foster their independence. In addition to this Yuwa also offers a full school education in English for around 450 girls. In turn, Yuwa helps the young women overcome poverty and violence in the region, enabling them shape their own future. This is a big step for the women, as the prevailing patriarchal structures would otherwise make it impossible for most of them to lead an independent life. Everyday life in Jharkhand offers virtually no perspectives for women – 45 percent of the female population are illiterate, 50 percent of girls do not go to school, and 60 percent marry as children.

Inequality in opportunities.

The 2019 Sport for Good Award is being presented to Yuwa founders Franz Kastler and Rose Gastler Thomson, and programme participants Neeta Kumari, Hema Kumari, Konika Kumari, and Radha Kumari in Monaco. Franz Gastler is from the USA and has been living in India since 2007. He has worked there in roles such as an Advisor at the NGO “Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)” and as a teacher and sports coach. In Jharkhand he was so shocked by the inequality in opportunities for boys and girls that he decided to found Yuwa in 2009. Rose Gastler Thomson joined Yuwa in 2012 and in 2015 established the YuwaSchool, of which she is head.

Stellar moment in Mercedes-Benz’s social commitment. The Indian girls’ sports project YUWA wins the 2019 Laureus Sport for Good Award.

Strong through sport.

One impressive example of the successful work carried out by Yuwa is the story of Neeta Kumari from Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand. The 19-year-old has been playing football at Yuwa since she was ten, and today she coaches her own girls’ team and is about to finish school. Yuwa has given her lots of impetus and ideas. For example, she has already taken part in two tournaments in Spain with her team. As part of the international “Inspiring Girls Expeditions” she also travelled to Alaska for a kayaking expedition.

She passes on her experience by giving lectures and speeches, which has made her a role model for young girls all over India. Her story has encouraged them to go their own way, even when encountering resistance from their parents. “I would like to be a journalist,” says the young Indian woman. “My two older sisters were married off as young teenagers, and I definitely don’t want that to happen to me.”

Stellar moment in Mercedes-Benz’s social commitment. The Indian girls’ sports project YUWA wins the 2019 Laureus Sport for Good Award.

Completely new perspectives.

Thanks to Yuwa, Neeta can decide for herself which path she wants to take. Her school-leaving qualifications, her very good English language skills and the confidence she has developed through sport are all opening up completely new perspectives for her. “With the help of sport, Yuwa has made me strong and shown me that I can determine my own future”, says the 19-year-old. “I'm really grateful for this. I'm going to go my own way. And I hope very much that lots of girls will follow me, thinking: if she can do it, I can too.”

Focus on women.

Mercedes-Benz also supports the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in India. Bettina Fetzer, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Marketing and Member of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, on Yuwa and winning the award: “It is particularly important to us that Yuwa has won the 2019 Laureus Sport for Good Award with a project for disadvantaged girls. Because in many regions of the world, girls and women are still more likely to be affected by poverty, discrimination and violence. Mercedes-Benz and Laureus are therefore focussing their commitment on projects which empower women and girls and open up new perspectives for them. Together we want to use the power of sport to instil confidence and leadership skills in them and arm them against violence, gender clichés and prejudices.”

Stellar moment in Mercedes-Benz’s social commitment. The Indian girls’ sports project YUWA wins the 2019 Laureus Sport for Good Award.

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