Mahila Premier League Wants You To Kick Like A Girl
Nepal’s first women’s futsal league: Mahila Premier League concluded on May 6. Eight teams participated in the League that began on March 8, coinciding with International Women’s Day. The majority of participants were Nepali women.
Players have told Onward Nepal that they have been inspired by the Real Madrid players who are with the Nepali Police. Although leading until the seventh week in points as well as by goal difference, Real Madrid did not win as they missed their last game due to election duty. Nepal is preparing for its first Local Elections in 20 years and law enforcement personnel are being despatched to different parts of the country for the elections.
The Mahila Premier League challenges gender stereotypes with catchphrases and hashtags like “kick like a girl/ play like a girl/ score like a girl.” The League attempts to promote female role models in sports, and encourages women and girls to participate in competitive futsal in the country. The League saw girls as young as 12 playing with women in their 40s and all players understanding and experiencing fair play.
Kumari lifted the Champions’ trophy at the end of eight weeks, winning by goal difference over Real Madrid.
The WE United Project, Grassroots Recreational Center, European Union, and HamroKitchen.com were behind the creation of the Mahila Premier League.