Placing All Athletes On a Level Playing Field
Our core mission and belief, starting with the National Team, will be Gender Equity. As an organization, and a team, that will be viewed on the world's stage we feel that it is extremely important to be a role model for others, teaching our culture and society, that women and men will always be on an equal playing field. After speaking with many young women in the community, this is the general feeling they have.
"Not a lot of Karen girls play soccer, due to their parents thinking soccer is only for men. Gender discrimination plays a big role in the Karen community, Karen parents think that women can’t play sports because they’re 'physically weak'. I think if there is a national team for Karen girls, it would not only prove that we have skills, but it will show that we are capable of playing the game we love as much as the boys."
We will be collaborating with the United Nations and will align our mission with their Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
17 Goals to Transform Our World
The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
GOAL 5: Gender Equality: While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Unfortunately, at the current time, 1 in 5 women and girls between the ages of 15-49 have reported experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner within a 12-month period and 49 countries currently have no laws protecting women from domestic violence.
Progress is occurring regarding harmful practices such as child marriage and FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), which has declined by 30% in the past decade, but there is still much work to be done to complete eliminate such practices.
Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large. Implementing new legal frameworks regarding female equality in the workplace and the eradication of harmful practices targeted at women is crucial to ending the gender-based discrimination prevalent in many countries around the world.