MW Sports is honored to begin the new project, "MW Sports Interview Series" with Prof. Homa Hoodfar
Who is Homa Hoodfar? Prof Hoodfar is an anthropology professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada and is the coordinator of the Iran Module of the Women and Law programme of Women Living Under Muslim Laws Network.Hoodfar has conducted field research on development and social change issues in Egypt and Iran, with an emphasis on gender, households, work and international migration in the Middle East. Further key research areas are women and Islam, and codification of Muslim family laws in the Middle East, Muslim dress code in diaspora, and the impact of long term forced migration on family structure and gender relations on Afghan refugees in Iran and Pakistan. She is an activist feminist and a prominent anthropologist working on issues related to empowerment of women in Muslim world, with geographic focus on Iran, Afghanistan and Egypt.
This first interview is also submitted to Dr Sara Shneiderman, as visual anthropology project for my PhD program in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge - Sertaç Sehlikoglu.
The Short biography of Prof Hoodfar is taken from http://www.muslimreviewonline.net/wiki/index.php?title=Category:Hoodfar,_Homa
The women of the Uşak Women’s Equestrian Sports Club’s cirit team are training regularly for the coming Spring Festival in Uşak’s Ulubey district. As the only women's cirit team in Turkey, they are facing with several challenges, may of which are related to financial issues. Coach Aysun Yilmaz says that her team members have to borrow horses from their friends for the training. She adds that they are hopeful to find another female cirit team to compete against one day, as they can only compete with male cirit teams, since they are the single female group interested in this traditional sport in Turkey. The team consists of women, aged from 20 to 30, who have learned this sport from their families when they were very young. They say that they feel liberated while riding horse.
124 athletes from 22 different cities of Turkey will be competing in 10 divisions of wrestling. Maximum number of athletes attended the game was from Izmir, partly because of the limited funding for transportation from other cities for the championship. The champions will be announced today, after the final games.
|Keywords: Muslim girls; Islam; Physical education; Religiosity; Culture|
Affiliations: a School of Education, University of Birmingham, Birminghom, UK
b School of Philosopy, Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
Published in: Sport, Education and Society, Volume 16, Issue 2 March 2011 , pages 223 - 239
Full Article on:
Rimla Akhtar, Chairperson of the Muslim Women's Sport Foundation on the challenges and achievements of her organisation.
Sport is and always has been a powerful means of uniting people and overcoming prejudices, particularly those against minority communities. It can come in many forms and not just the traditional ones. Women's sport has seen a massive development over the years and women and girls across the country are embracing less traditional sports and activities such as dance, basketball and yoga.
The Muslim Women's Sport Foundation (MWSF) was set up in 2001 with the main aim of providing equal opportunities and access to sport for Muslim women who are severely underrepresented across the board when it comes to sport.
|Rimla Akhtar was recently presented with the Kick it Out Grassroots award.|
The organisation also forms the British Muslim Women's Squad for the Women's Islamic Games which are held in Tehran every four years in an Olympics style tournament. I joined the futsal team in 2001, playing in the Games that year and then had the honour of captaining the team in 2005. When we returned from the Games in 2005, my friend and vice captain Ayesha Abdeen and I became Chair and Vice Chair of the MWSF, respectively. Over the past five years we've worked to increase the accessibility of sports facilities and opportunities to play and compete. More recently we've focused on sports education through providing coaching and refereeing courses and reaching out to schools to provide their girls with a positive experience of sport.
Addressing under-representation head on
Through working closely with National Governing Bodies for sports and with other sporting organisations, such as Sporting Equals, we've been able to help increase the focus on minority ethnic women and girls' sport.
The work we do is not just for Muslim women but for all women, girls and men from ethnic minority communities. By realising the unique needs of people from these communities, there are great opportunities to refresh the sporting strategies for participation and to generate success in the long term whilst also bringing energy, creativity and dynamism to the way the strategies are implemented.
You can read the rest of the post from Rimla Akhtar's blog: http://blogs.culture.gov.uk/main/2011/01/post_6.html