Empowering girls through sports

Thimphu City Football Club, in partnership with UNICEF Bhutan, conducted a program to support a women’s football team from one of the most remote villages in Bhutan, Sakteng. Sakteng was, until very recently, closed to tourists visiting Bhutan, and villagers still engage in the barter system, trading cheese, butter and dried meat for grains and other goods that are not readily available to them.

The project, Empowering girls through sports to become agents of change, offered an opportunity for a group of young girls from the remote villages in Sakteng to visit the capital Thimphu and nurture their talents in football, as well as gain exposure to the cultural hub of the country. By introducing them to people, places, and things that they would not normally or easily experience in their daily lives, and through positive, unique and educational experiences, it was hoped that these girls would be empowered to grow hope in their future, pursue active roles in society, and understand the opportunities available to them.

From December 10th to 19th, for a duration of nine days, Thimphu City club officials and volunteers managed various activities as part of the program.