$450K From State Dept To Teach Afghan Women To Play Cricket


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Oct 30, 2013
(CNSNews.com) – The State Department is spending $450,000 to teach Afghan women to play cricket in a leadership exchange with female cricket players from Pakistan and India.
“Cricket is increasingly popular among Afghan women, but opportunities to participate in the sport are still rare. Women who play sports are powerful symbols of moderation, equality and progress,” the grant said. “Their participation in sports in public fora is a powerful visual that counters negative narratives about the role that women should play in Afghan society.”

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan invited eligible organizations to submit proposals for the development, coordination, and implementation of a regional sports leadership exchange for female cricket players from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.

About 15 participants from each of the three countries (consisting of players, coaches, staff, and chaperones as necessary) will take part in a week-long leadership and cricket skill-building exchange programs in each of the three countries.

“For each exchange week, the implementing partner will work closely with the hosting country to organize a program that includes professional cricket training, leadership and team-building activities, cultural excursions to familiarize guests with the host country, and friendly matches,” the grant said.

“On an individual level, participating in sports helps women feel empowered and teaches them the value of teamwork. It also gives them increased confidence, strength, and strategic thinking abilities they can use in all aspects of their lives,” it said.
Dont see how this empowers the average gal cricketeer. Of course i also see no point in us getting involved as paki and india have much infrastructure built up in cricket.
Isn't this a good way to get them killed?

I would rather spend the money teaching them how to shoot.