It takes a lot of courage to nominate a group of amateur women to play in an international tournament such as the Global Goals World Cup. We could have chosen one of our star teams but decided otherwise from the onset. It was time to celebrate all the achievements of the great staff and volunteers that make up HODI, many of whom are women.
There were 18 participants in total, 10 out of whom were girls. There are no better role models than the mothers of girls to champion the cause of their daughters. The team had two breastfeeding mothers and two pregnant women among them!
Each team had to choose a uniform and ours seemed the most difficult choice but it is the abaya we wear every day! Most people looked at us and questioned how on earth we could play in the long robes. We played with long sleeved clothes and scarves on our heads. We felt comfortable but our comfort got us the tag “the team from Somalia”.
We had a lot of fun at the Global Goals World Cup and played a total of 3 matches with every player from HODI getting a chance to get on the field and score for Gender Equality. We had a song which we celebrated with our fans and all those who came to cheer on team HODI. It was an honour to be recognised as the team that has achieved a lot overall towards GOAL 5 for Gender Equality.
On this International Women’s Day, we celebrate the bold women of HODI, who have always been working behind the scenes making the impossible possible. They are the ones driving the organization to the next heights and even when the going gets tough, they still have hope that times will improve.