Foot for love : Thokozani Football Club

“Foot For Love” is an initiative to promote the fight against violence and discrimination targeting lesbians, particularly through sport. To do so, we invited to Paris a delegation of the Thokozani Football Club during a week punctuated by sport, cultural and activist events. The name of this club, located in a township in Durban celebrates Thokozani Qwabe, a lesbian soccer player murdered in 2007 because of her sexual orientation. Since then, many hate crimes (murders, “corrective rapes” …) have been committed against lesbians or transgenders, in South Africa.   The club is affiliated to the Association of South African Football Association (SAFA women’s section) and plays in a league official (ABSA League).  It currently has twenty lesbians players, aged from 18 to 41 years.

 

 

The Thokozani Football Club (TFC) was created in response to these violences by Zanele Muholi, photographer and activist working for the rights of women and homosexuals in South Africa.  On their website, they describe their aims as follows:

“ As an all black lesbian-women soccer team, we at Thokozani believe that through sport and soccer, we can make a difference in the lives of other young and queer women struggling against homophobia and violence. We play for peace. We want to educate each other and our families, friends and communities that we exist, that we contribute to building a physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and democratic South African society, and that we deserve a life free of discrimination and violence due to homophobia. We have the right as athletes to play and compete in a safe and supportive environment no matter what our gender, race, class, or sexual orientation.”

 

Please support Foot For Love and the sisters of  Thokozani Football Club  during their visit to Paris this month [June – donations are open through July]. Donations can be made via  Kisskissbankbank!

And if you are in Paris or nearby please support the team and the programme

 

Programme for the week

Provisional calendar, week of action « Foot For Love » (22-30 juin)
june 22Arrival in Paris

Participation in the “Village associatif Solidays” (big festival against aids and for all solidarities) – (to be confirmed)

 

june 23

Projection-debate around « Difficult Love », 17h30, Cinéma Le Brady,  Paris

 

june 24

football tournament “b.yourself” (Parc des Princes, Paris) :

  • Morning : workshops to sensibilize young people to discriminations (homophobia, racism, sexism in sports… )
  • Afternoon : football match between Les Dégommeuses and Friends and Thokozani FC

 

june 25

Free – guided visit of Paris

 

june 26

Debate with young people selected by the Région Ile-de-France

 

june 27

Conference around Zanele Muholi’s work, librairie Violette & Co

 

june 28

Vernissage of the exhibition of Zanele Muholi, Espace Canopy, Paris

 

june 29

RAL (big lesbian meeting)

 

june 30

“Marche des fiertés LGBT” (LGBT Pride, Paris)

Return to South-Africa