Empowering Through Sport: Soltilo Bright Stars FC’s Commitment to Gender Equality


In a world where barriers often hinder the progress of young girls, Soltilo Bright Stars FC, in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), embarked on a transformative journey in the lead-up to International Women’s Day. Their mission: to break down societal constraints and ignite a spark of empowerment among the girls of Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement in Uganda’s Kawmenge District.

Soltilo Bright Stars FC’s ethos goes beyond the confines of the football pitch; it’s about community welfare, inclusivity, and unwavering support for the marginalized. Thus, the football club’s collaboration with JICA and UNHCR in organizing football classes for young girls in the refugee settlement was a natural extension of their commitment to societal betterment.

Gender equality isn’t just a phrase; it’s a principle deeply ingrained in Soltilo Bright Stars FC’s DNA. The football classes conducted in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement served as a beacon of hope, offering a platform where girls could flourish, dream, and aspire to greatness. Through sport, these young girls weren’t just honing their athletic abilities; they were building confidence, leadership skills, and a sense of belonging in a world often plagued by uncertainty.

Integral to the success of the initiative were the dedicated staff members of Soltilo Bright Stars FC. Player Mugume Yassin, physio Afua Namayanja, and fitness coach Sulaiman Ssebbunza weren’t merely mentors; they were catalysts for change. Their guidance, encouragement, and shared experiences resonated deeply with the girls, instilling within them a newfound passion for the beautiful game and, more importantly, a belief in their own capabilities.

Soltilo Bright Stars FC’s collaboration with JICA extends beyond mere philanthropy; it’s a conscious effort to address the systemic challenges faced by refugees and host communities alike. With Uganda bearing the weight of Africa’s largest refugee population, the need for holistic support and gender-sensitive interventions cannot be overstated. Through sports, Soltilo Bright Stars FC and its partners endeavor to bridge divides, foster understanding, and pave the way for a more inclusive future.

In a world where the odds may seem stacked against them, the girls of Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement stand as a testament to the transformative power of sport. Through their partnership with JICA and UNHCR, Soltilo Bright Stars FC has not only provided an avenue for physical activity but has also ignited a flame of empowerment—one that will continue to burn brightly, lighting the path to a more equitable and inclusive society.

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