Women empowerment scores a GOAL through netball

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New Delhi, Oct 7 (UNI) The girls of Aligaon and Govindpuri may be still a long way off from making it to even the little league in netball but they have already scored a goal for women empowerment.

A scintillating netball match between teams of underprivileged girls from Aligaon and Govindpuri here last evening marked the celebration of the first phase of GOAL, a multi-stakeholder women's empowerment and leadership programme.

The programme was conducted by Standard Chartered Bank in partnership with the Naz Foundation Trust and IFNA (The International Netball Federation).

Speaking on the occasion, Standard Chartered Group Head of Sustainability, Ms Debbie Whittaker said," Standard Chartered believes in responsible business practices. We are very happy to see that GOAL has benefitted 70 girls and their respective families.

Owing to this success we are expanding it to Mumbai and Chennai." According to Ms Whittaker, Standard Chartered always wanted to do something for the community in Delhi and then they came up with the idea of GOAL, a unique programme using the model of 'sports-based social inclusion' as a vehicle to empower young women.

The idea of such a model is to inspire and motivate individuals to give their best.

Also present on the occasion was President Indian Netball Federation Gurbir Singh who said he was extremely happy to see girls from the underprivileged sections of the society playing netball in good spirits and 'enjoying the game at the same time'.

Standard Chartered encourages its employees to indulge in more and more voluntary activities by granting two extra days of leave as an incentive. "Working with the community elders and helping the underprivileged sections of the society not only leads to personal development of the people served but also gives an individual personal satisfaction," says Standard Chartered Branch Manager, Sharon Sethi, who has been associated with the programme since its beginning said, "it is heartening to see girls grow with the help of this programme. They now exude confidence like never before and can interact with anyone and everyone without any inhibitions." Naz Foundation has worked very closely with three local communities-Deepalya, Prerna and FXB for the implementation of this programme.

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