KARACHI: ‘Girl Power in Karachi ’- a Joint Project of Goethe-Institute, Pakistan & Alliance Française de Karachi, was recently launched at the vicinity of the latter.
The project funded by the French-German Cultural Fund, aims at youth, especially girls, to give them a space to express their aspirations, creativity and talents, through movement and sports. The project consisted of workshops boxing and dance (for girls), plus a DJ as a closing event. Female dancers and boxers were invited from France and Germany to share their passion for dance and sport with the Karachi girls. The event provided an opportunity to over 200 local girls to receive trainings in urban/ contemporary dance and boxing from the foreign experts who came to Karachi, exclusively for this event.
The metropolitan city has a large population of talented youth, with lack opportunities and spaces in sports and cultural activities for young population.
French boxers and trainers Marion, Sejda, Mariam, Emanuel and Emilie provided boxing training to around 50 young girls from Lyari’s Pak Shaheen Boxing Club and Young Lyari Boxing Club.
German dancers and trainers Yasmeen, Amilia and Ralf Christian trained 150 girls from different schools and academies in urban and contemporary dance.
The sessions were held at boxing clubs in Lyari, Raging Bull Boxing Club in Clifton, AFK and the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA). The workshops were intense, interactive and productive for the trainers and participants.
At a press conference before the closing event, Sejda and Mariam said they would miss working with the girls. “They were incredible. There is so much potential in these girls,” they said.
“We trained them with new techniques and a different perspective,” said Sejda, adding that it had been a fantastic experience.
“This has been a great experience for us,” said Mariam, adding that there was a lot of potential in Lyari, but the girls really need to work on their technique.
According to Emanuel, the project had been a good and rich experience. “This is the first time that all of us are in Pakistan and it has been kind of an adventure,” he said.
“We spent a lot of time with the girls and think we will miss them the most. It will be difficult for us to leave our new friends behind,” he added.
“Through Girl Power, we created a space and gave young girls the opportunity to express themselves,” Goethe-Institute Director Stefan Winkler said, stating that they would like more girls to participate in future projects.
AFK Director J.F. Chenin said initially they were a little doubtful of how the project would work out, but were happy with its success.
French Consul General Francois Dall’Orso and German Consul General Rainer Schmiedchen also attended the event.