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Football to connect girls and inspire futures on International Women’s Day 8 March 2012

Bangkok, 6 March 2012 – Students from Bangkok Prep and Duang Prateep Foundation will use sport and physical education to celebrate International Women’s Day on this Thursday 8 March 2012. This interactive youth event will highlight the role that sport can play in connecting girls and inspiring a future, which is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day.


Mr. Abdul Hakeem, UNESCO’s Regional Education Advisor and Coordinator of Asia-Pacific Programme of Education for All said: “School physical education programmes provide young people with the opportunities to develop values, knowledge and skills they need to lead physically active lives, build self-esteem, and promote and facilitate physical activity in the lives of others.” 

A friendly mixed football match “Only Girls Can Score” will mark the Day at 7.45am. The game will consist of Bangkok Prep student teams with equal numbers of boy and girl players and only girls can score goals, so teams can only win by valuing and supporting their female team members. The session promotes gender equality on the sports field and beyond by valuing female participation in sports.  It will embolden girls to be active in sports and reinforce behaviours of both boys and girls which support female participation.  

“Sport not only improves female physical and mental health and offers opportunities for social interaction and friendship, it can also can cause positive shifts in gender norms that afford girls and women greater safety and control over their lives,” said Right To Play Thailand Country Manager Michael Albert, who conducts the session. 

The game will be followed by a speech of a female winner of silver medal in bouldering at the 2011 Southeast Asian Games to inspire girls’ participation in sports. Ms. Watchareewan ‘Ploy’    Tomas, Year 10 student of Bangkok Prep will talk about her success in rock climbing.   

Bangkok Prep headmaster Keith B. Wecker said: “I am very proud of Ploy’s achievement and ability to balance her school life with the passion and commitment to the sport that she loves.” 

UNESCO Bangkok’s Deputy Director, Mr. Etienne Clement will also present a new gender advocacy brief ‘Empowering Girls and Women through Physical Education and Sport’, and explain why we should all be concerned about gender, girls and physical education. This advocacy brief e-publication will be launched online following the International Women’s Day event. 

Activities of kindergarten school children from Duang Prateep Foundation and Bangkok Prep Year 12 students will end the celebration at 9.30-10.00am.  The elder brothers and sisters will learn how to guide and coach the younger ones in a 30-minute session of play-based activities. This final session will encourage participation in healthy physical activity for the younger children, and develop leadership skills for the older ones.   

UNESCO Bangkok is able to undertake this event thanks to the generous partnership and support with Bangkok International Preparatory & Secondary School, Right To Play, Thailand and Duang Prateep Foundation. 


For more details contact Ms. Fuchsia Hepworth ( ) or phone +66 2 391 0577 Ext 369; +66 80 610 0010.

Journalists wishing to attend the event contact: Ms. Rojana Manowalailao ( or phone: +66 2 391 0577 Ext 347; +66 81 825 2188. 

Join us to celebrate sports role in connecting girls and inspiring futures on International Women’s Day 8 March 2012. 

Provisional Programme (PDF)

Venue: Bangkok International Preparatory & Secondary School (Bangkok Prep), Sukhumvit Soi 53, Thursday 8 March 2012, 07.45-10.00am



Duang Prateep Foundation:

Right To Play Thailand:

Bangkok International Preparatory & Secondary School:

UNESCO Bangkok Gender Equality in Education Webpage:

Gender Advocacy Brief: Empowering Girls and Women through Physical Education and Sport:


UNESCO Bangkok Press Release No.2012


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