Shortlisted candidate for ISCA AWARDS 2021: IRTS

Khalida Popal 

Girl Power Organisation

Nominated by: Christina Tønder Bell  


Country Denmark Copenhagen
Continent Europe
About the candidate

Introducing Khalida Popal, founder of the Afghani women’s national football team and now a refugee living in Denmark. In Afghanistan she was working for women’s rights especially in football but was continuously harassed, assaulted and received death threats. In the end, she had to flee her home country. As a result of her struggles she suffered from depression but used football as a way of overcoming the mental struggles. She is now using the beautiful game to empower young women from different backgrounds. She also uses football as a platform to tell her story, to speak up against injustice and to support other females to own their voices. She was suppressed by extremist people who were afraid of losing power to women but instead of giving up, she raised her voice.