This is discussion about Soccer Balls Kick-Start Afghan Peace and Prosperity.
Dear Ms. Marla Gitterman,
Congratulations! On behalf of Nike and the Ashoka's Changemakers team, we are honored to declare you a winner of the Second Early Entry Prize for the “Gamechangers: Change the Game for Women in Sport” collaborative competition! We hope that by submitting your innovation early, you have benefited from the online discussion and have acquired some valuable feedback and insight towards your initiative.
Please remember that your selection as an Early Entry Prize winner does not preclude you from winning the competition in any way, or guarantee finalist status—all entries will be equally evaluated per the Changemakers criteria at the completion of the entry period. We will follow up with you after the holidays about the shipment of your prize.
Again, Congratulations and have a wonderful holiday season!
The Changemakers Team
January 26, 2009
What a great entry!
Do you see possibilities of influencing public policy with the reconstruction of Afeganistan in a way that would favour girls and women in sports?
Also Women Win would like to invite you to join their group on the competition.
Women Win is the first ever international women’s fund that supports sport and physical activities as instruments for social change and women’s empowerment.
Women Win will use the competition to find a fellow between the ages of 15 and 65 years old that positively change the lives of women and girls in their community through sports.
Please go to http://sportforchange.changemakers.net/en-us/group/womenwin and click at Join the group. After that visit the topics being discussed and leave your opinion.
Women Win is looking forward to hearing your stories and progress.
Congratulations for winning the early entry prize. Your innovation is fantastic and good luck in the rest of the competition!
Congrats Bpeace! I love this idea and look forward to hearing more...
What is encouraging about this model is that it builds on some of the already established and accepted, women created/supported markets. It encourages a multi-generational support of older women's crafts and economic independence in a place where is it is much needed.
I hope your entry goes all the way - GOAL!
What a fascinating story-how Bpeace facilitated the meeting of these three women and the eventual business launch of their soccer ball manufacturing business! It addresses so many of the barriers facing Afghani women. You mention that procedures are being put in place to assure that child labor is not used. Can you tell us more about this process and how this will be monitored?
Thanks and good luck,
The Gamechangers Judges’ Panel
Thank you for your question. There are two procedures the women will put in place to assure that child labor is not used. First, the group company, Dosti, will comply with the rules and regulation of the Monitoring System of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affaires regarding child labor issues. Second, they will ask their workers to sign a form agreeing to comply with child labor rules such as: All workers should be 16 years old or above; all workers should hold a valid National ID card to prove their age. If a worker is found with a fraudulent ID card, he/she will be let go and not allowed to work for another 2 year with this company; workers are subject to unannounced, periodic inspection of their workplace to make sure children are not working. These inspections are conducted by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affaires; a worker knowingly recommends someone under the age of 16, she will be suspended for 6 month from working with this company.
I hope this answers your question.