Dribbling Past Patriarchy
These pictures are from my ongoing project on women from different social strata playing football in Bengal, India. Football is a very popular game in the Bengal. However, it is perceived as a very masculine game. I started working with an NGO a year ago who were opening football camps across Kolkata to empower the girl child from marginalized sections of the society. School dropouts, child marriage, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking are a few in a long list of issues a girl faces in an underprivileged environment. These football camps intends to break that image. Women in sports even today face various physiological, psychological, social, cultural, religious, family constraints. Such constraints prevent them either from staying involved in sports or from regular training. Despite all these barriers Indian sportswomen have still managed to keep the Indian flag flying high. Encouraging girls into sports at a young age, and giving them a healthy foundation and infrastructure is the only way for them to fight all odds of the society and shine.