Healing Through Sport

Sun 26 Jun 2022, 2.45pm
Part of Refugee Week
Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer
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A diverse group of 7 women in yellow and blue football kits pose for a team photo in a field.

shado magazine assembles a group of inspirational sportswomen to discuss the power of women’s sport for integration and inclusion.

shado explores the power of sport as a method of healing; as a way of breaking stigmas and barriers for women; and for creating safe spaces and community.

In this event panellists discuss the role that sport has had in all of their lives, the importance of grassroots sports, how each of the panellists are creating change in their communities, and what more can be done to break down barriers and stigmas facing women in sport.

Hane and Ellie are footballers from the football team Comfort Angels; a football team created by and for people seeking asylum. It exists to provide much-needed support by bringing communities together and offering a safe space for women to express themselves freely.

Tasneem Tawil is former Football Officer at Amnesty and a professional Taekwondo athlete. Tawil talks about her experience of breaking down stigmas surrounding women in sport and its place in providing community.

Megan Nankaborwa is a Ugandan badminton player who sought sexuality-based asylum in the UK.

shado is a lived experience-led community of artists, activists and journalists united in the fight for social justice. They believe those with lived experience of an issue or injustice are best placed to advocate for meaningful change within that space.

As part of their most recent project, shado produced a short documentary in collaboration with Comfort Angels to explore the power of football and community inclusion for refugees and women seeking asylum.

Dates & times

Sun 26 Jun 2022, 2.45pm
Approximate run time: 45 mins.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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