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Ms Suvekchya Rana presented a different perspective of using sport to address gender issues through her presentation at Maidan Summit 2011. She mentioned a football programme run in Nepal and talked about how a sport, which usually males play, can aid uplift their counterparts. She also mentioned how it works to address violence against women.
She also took the audience through the journey of Saathi, explaining how its programmes help in building competency, raising awareness and providing support services in Nepal, where football is extremely popular. She advocated the engagement of men as partners in running these programmes. She also spoke about using the influence of popular footballers to reach out to more people, especially women, and deliver development programmes to them. Ms Rana proposed partnerships with the government, NGOs and the corporate sector in making such programmes more effective.