By Frances Esguerra, Writer
Burnley FC in the Community (FCitC), the official charity of Burnley FC, announced a partnership with Inspire Indonesia, an organization dedicated to impacting Indonesia through soccer, to promote social and gender equality through a soccer-based initiative called “Pledge United”. Developed to educate boys on the impact that violence against women has on women, society and men themselves, the program will be funded by the Premier League International Development Fund to provide soccer coaching and education around gender equality.
According to 2016 United Nations studies in Asia, 23% of all Asian women had been raped in their lifetime with even higher rates in certain Indonesian provinces. The Pledge United program was created to raise awareness of this significant issue and work to achieve a more peaceful, inclusive and less violent Indonesian society. Despite the over 7,000 mile distance between the UK and Indonesia, Burnley FC and Inspire Indonesia are collaborating to engage hundreds of participants, specifically males between the ages of 13 and 19, to help change the attitude off the next generation of men.
Why We Like It:
Burnley FC and Inspire Indonesia are not letting distance get in the way of tackling the pressing issue of gender inequaity and rape culture in Indonesia. With increasing awareness of the Me Too Movement, the idea of “boys will be boys” is becoming less and less acceptable, but more work needs to be done in educating young men and empowering young women about the matter. The Pledge United program uses sport to promote long-overdue social change in a culture that has remained the same for far too long. Burnley FC and Inspire Indonesia are paving the way for positive change in the lives of many.
How It Can Be Improved:
The Pledge United initiative aims to educate boys about violence against women to promote social and gender equality. With involvement by a female football club, the program can also work to empower young women by providing them with the opportunity to receive soccer coaching and mentorship from other strong women. Inspiring young women to be confident and valued is just as important as educating young men to be well-mannered and chivalrous.
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