Kenyan based initiative Horn Of African Development Initiative (HODI) was on Sunday 23rd September 2018 awarded FIFA Diversity Award by FIFA in London.
The award is aimed at recognizing the good work done by various organizations in fighting discrimination. When receiving the award Noor Abdulkadir alluded that the award is of a big boost as it will enhance confidence in the young women from the Northern part of Kenya. Noor said;
“This award is an important recognition and puts the wind behind our sails. It means the work we are doing is important and it gives a lot of confidence to young women in Northern Kenya that we are on the right track. It also shows that FIFA and the whole football community is behind us.”
“Some of the girls when they started with us, they were not allowed to kick a ball. Now they can use football to stand up for their rights and fight all forms of gender discrimination they face.”
“Football has given them confidence. They have the confidence to stand up against arranged marriage or female genital mutilation in northern Kenya and report it. We are trying to change the narrative.”
“This award shows that football is not just about the top leagues or top players – it’s about recognising grassroots organisations which are using football to build new stars in remote regions in the world.”
World football governing body FIFA on their part praised HODI for using the power of football to combat social barriers while fostering safety.