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Khalida Popal

Founder and Director of Girl Power Organisations
Afghanistan

With the approval and support of the Afghan Football Association, Popal formed the Afghan women’s football league with her friends in 2007. As the team grew and eventually began to have success playing internationally, Popal became a higher-profile target for extremist and anti-women groups. Following significant persecution, Popal fled Afghanistan as a refugee in 2011. Now living in Denmark with her family, Popal continues unrelentingly to fight for equality and the right of women to be treated on equal terms. She is the founder of Girl Power, which aims to provide meaningful ways for women and girls in Europe and the Middle East to thrive using sport and education.

Khalida Popal's

Sessions

  • Active Lives
    Active Lives
    Inspiring Insights | He Wawata - Sport & Politics
    How do sport and politics affect or limit the enjoyment of active lives for women and girls? Can they work together, or should they be apart

    Khalida will offer some perspectives on these questions by reflecting on personal experiences as an Afghan football player and activist.

    Hybrid session
    10:05am - 11:00am
    Active Lives

    Khalida will offer some perspectives on these questions by reflecting on personal experiences as an Afghan football player and activist.

    visibility & voice

    Khalida will offer some perspectives on these questions by reflecting on personal experiences as an Afghan football player and activist.

  • Active Lives
    Active Lives
    Empowering Girls and Women Through Role Models
    Explore the positive impact the programme, Girl Power has in Europe and the Middle East for girls and young women.

    Learn about the power of storytelling and how to leverage role models to activate women and girls in sports and other areas of their lives.

    Session Title: Empowering Girls and Women through role models and giving back

    Virtual session
    Active Lives

    Learn about the power of storytelling and how to leverage role models to activate women and girls in sports and other areas of their lives.

    Session Title: Empowering Girls and Women through role models and giving back

    Format: Lightning Talk
    Lenses:
    • Human Rights
    visibility & voice

    Learn about the power of storytelling and how to leverage role models to activate women and girls in sports and other areas of their lives.

    Session Title: Empowering Girls and Women through role models and giving back

    Format: Lightning Talk
    Lenses:
    • Human Rights

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