The Tahitian Football Federation (FTF)  marked International Women’s Day by actively promoting gender equality, whether on or off the field.

Friday, March 11 saw a Just Play Festival, organised by FTF Social Responsibility Project Manager Céline Haapuea, held at the FTF technical centre with students of the Fautaua Vai school.

The seven classes of year two and three children participated in the festival through six fun and entertaining workshops.

Earlier this month, the Oceania Football Confederation began a groundbreaking partnership with the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO). It is a multi-year partnership that affirms a joint commitment to gender equality, focusing on making football safer and more accessible for women and girls, while promoting and supporting women’s empowerment and preventing violence in the Pacific.

“We will be working with OFC to ensure that football is safe and accessible for players, officials, and administrators, and that we maximise the opportunity to use football as a powerful force to bring about social change and empower women and girls,” said Sandra Bernklau, Representative for UN Women Fiji MCO.

Initiatives like FTF’s Just Play Festival are kicking off this partnership in a major way, with the goal to spread the message of empowerment around the OFC region.