Women empowerment through sports PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 June 2015 14:38

Centuries of societal standards paved the stereotype that men overpower women in every competitive field of life. Aiming for equality, women and girls of this generation engage into activities that men consider they dominate. Women involvement in sports is one of the most visible evidences that ripped biceps and towering figures do not define the limits of possibilities toward achieving excellence.

“Summer Learn-to-Play a Sports Program”

With the main goal of exposing the youth to the world of sports, the City Sports Division conducted its annual basic summer sports program dubbed as the “Summer Learn-to-Play a Sports.”  It is a free, month-long learning camp offered to girls and boys aged five to 15 years old. Aside from the program’s primary objective, it served as a freeway for girls to develop self-defense capabilities against bullying as they participate into combat sports such as Muay Thai and Taekwendo.

Watching their daughters improve in the sports they enroll into, parents root to a much deeper reason for the all-out support they give their spouse. “Sinusuportahan ko ‘tong choice niya na sumali kasi makakatulong naman ‘to sa kanya. (I support her decision to join in here because it does help her.),” according to Evita Ybid, mother to one of the participants enrolled in the girls Volleyball.

“Confidence Booster”

“Sa paglalaro ko po kasi ng Volleyball, naiisip ko sa sarili ko na kaya ko rin palang gawin ang nagagawa ng mga kalaro kong lalake sa Volleyball dun sa amin. (As I engage myself here in volleyball, I realized that I can also do what my fellow male playmates could do.),” responded Yzzachie Ybid, the daughter of Evita.

“Pagpupursige at training lang pala po ang kailangan. (It is just about the perseverance and training.) Wala pala yan sa gender. Hindi po pala sa kung babae ka, hindi ka na makaka-spike ng malakas. Parang, kaya naman pala ng both sexes ang ginagawa ng isa’t isa. (It is not a matter of gender. It does not mean, though, that when you are a girl, you cannot spike the ball hard. I realized that both sexes are capable of what the opposite sex could do.),” she answered when asked of the lesson she learned regarding the disempowerment against women in sports.

Division Schools Superintendent, Pete Natividad said that sports could help in women empowerment and aid girls to gain self-reliance amidst adversities. — Dave Cervas, Gillian Manalo, Bianca Zamora-PJ Interns, City Hall PIO