New Delhi : Goal — a women’s empowerment programme training girls from different communities in sports to inspire and motivate them to become leaders — celebrated completion of its first phase here Saturday.
Standard Chartered Bank had started the programme in Dec 2006, in partnership with Naz Foundation (India) and the International Netball Federation (IFNA).
“This programme is an effort to empower women to become leaders through sports and leadership courses. Over 38 employees of Standard Chartered have contributed their time and skills to success of Goal by designing the modules on environment, communication and financial literacy,” said Sumeet Singla, regional head, India and South Asia of Standard Chartered.
“We are very happy to see that Goal has benefited more than 70 girls and their families. Owing to this success we are expanding it to Mumbai and Chennai” said Debbie Whittaker, group head of sustainability, Standard Chartered.
Girls from Govindpuri, Aligaon and Sanjay Gandhi Camp with the NGOs and local sporting bodies such as IFNA as well as schools and colleges from Delhi came forward to implement the programme.
“When these girls first came they wouldn’t even lift their heads and now they play as if the world outside doesn’t exist. There is a marked enhancement in their communication skills. Today these girls can converse with confidence,” said Anjali Gopalan, executive director, Naz Foundation (India) Trust.