Beating all odds, daughter of a daily wager becomes a football star

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  • Areeba has taken part as a captain of the team in three national-level football tournaments.
  • She has also been the representative of Pakistan in the 2018 Gothia Cup Tournament held in China in Under Sixteen Women’s football team.
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Despite huge feminist movements both nationally as well as internationally gender equality still seems to be a far-sighted goal in a number of ways and most often it is linked to opportunities that are not equally available to the women as to the men especially in a society with male-dominated culture and traditions.

The issue does have its presence not only in socially backward rural areas but also in the economic hub of the country, but 15 years old Areeba Abdul Aziz has proved that nothing can let you down if you continue with your struggles beating all odds. Areeba takes football training in Hameed Sports Academy and loves playing football so much so that if she misses the game for a day she’s unable to sleep the whole night.

She is fond of playing football since she was only 10 years old and she’s earned good name for Pakistan not only at the national level but internationally as well. She has taken part as a captain of the team in three national-level football tournaments, Independent Urdu reported.

She has also been the representative of Pakistan in the 2018 Gothia Cup Tournament held in China in Under Sixteen Women’s football team. The major impediment for the Areeba has been the social dilemmas that are associated with women in Pakistani society apart from her poor economic background.

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She told in her interview with Independent Urdu that her father used to sell vegetables and worked as a vendor before he started working as a daily-wager. Because of poor economic conditions, she could not buy even a football kit for herself and now she’s getting training in Naseem Hameed Sports Academy free of cost.

What do you foresee the future of women in Pakistan witnessing the social barriers she has to face while competing for achieving her goals? Share your thoughts in the comment section

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