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QF Puts Spotlight On Football's Ability To Drive Social Impact At UNGA


(MENAFN- Gulf Times)

* QF participates in UN discussions on football's ability to drive social impact

With the first match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 kicking off in less than 60 days – and the eyes of the world on Qatar – Qatar Foundation (QF) has highlighted, learned and explored how football can be a tool for social impact, education and sustainability on the sidelines of the 77th edition of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77).
As well as participating in knowledge-gathering and knowledge-sharing meetings with sports industry leaders, HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al-Thani, Vice-Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation, met with female football players from Qatar who are looking to enhance and continue their pathways in sport.


HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al-Thani with a cohort of young change-makers who travelled to New York as part of Qatar Foundation's Ideas for a Bold Future initiative.

During their trip in the US – facilitated by the US embassy in Qatar, with the support of non-profit organisation World Learning – the female footballers first stopped in New York ahead of travelling to San Francisco, where they are meeting and learning from industry leaders, experts and players about how to pursue a path in football, whether it is through playing, coaching, refereeing or understanding the administrative or business side of the game.


From the Youth4Climate session.

HE Sheikha Hind also met a cohort of young change-makers who travelled to New York as part of QF's Ideas for a Bold Future initiative. Through the year-long initiative, the group of students have been mentored, empowered and supported to learn to collaborate, and complete service-learning projects by using football as a tool to solve the world's biggest challenges in three areas: progressive education, health and wellness, and sustainability.
QF also participated in a panel hosted by global convening organisation Concordia, where the topic of increasing women and girls' access to, and participation in, football was spotlighted.



Machaille Hassan al-Naimi with Eglantina Zingg, Ibtihaj Mohamed and Stephenie Foster, co-founder and partner, Smash Strategies, during the 2022 Concordia Annual Summit. PICTURE: Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit.

During the discussion, Machaille Hassan al-Naimi, Strategic Initiatives executive officer at QF, underlined the importance of female participation in sports.
“Representation is very important for us as we embark on a journey of women in sports and encourage more women to be part of it,” she said.
“We need to have more role models that women can look up to. What we need is to have our pulse to the ground and hear what the women have to say, and try to identify the challenges they are facing. And, in addressing these challenges, we need to show role modeling.”

The Concordia panel – which also included the first female Muslim-American Olympic medalist and bestselling author Ibtihaj Mohamed; and Eglantina Zingg, president, Goleadoras – was held in partnership with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy's Generation Amazing programme, and explored how sports can be used as a tool for equal opportunity.
In New York, the Ideas for a Bold Future student group had the chance to soak up a wealth of information through workshops and activities that were planned to enhance their learning and mentoring experiences. Nine students who travelled attended workshops, including one at the Google office in Chelsea Market, where they were taught to pitch their ideas and negotiate, and mentored on collaboration and understanding the value of empathy, showcasing how sustainable impact is created through the skills of issue-identification and strategic long-term planning.
“My experience in New York was extraordinary,” Ibrahim Shalabi, a student at QF's Qatar Academy Doha, said.“I was able to gain help through my peers and mentors to improve my project.
“I also met new people and have been able to learn new things from them, including our mentors and guest speakers. This helped me grow academically and personally.”
Speaking about on the impact that youth-led movements can have, Nathan Wijayaratne, a student at Swiss International School Qatar, and a member of QF's THIMUN Qatar, said:“Observing the Youth4Climate session was a notable experience for me. It showed me the extent to which youth-led initiatives can make a difference on a global scale.
“This week has helped galvanise action for the causes we are passionate about.”

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