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WATCH, LISTEN, READ


WATCH, LISTEN, READ, EXPLORE

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WATCH, LISTEN, READ


WATCH, LISTEN, READ, EXPLORE

There is a great deal of machisimo to deal with. But we are always fighting, little by little to make a way and show that we are equals. We have to tell each other that we can do it.
— Miriam Ramon, Fast Walker
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In the beginning people came because they thought it was rare to see a woman coaching. Many people said a woman couldn’t do it, but we did...My objective is not to create fighters but to help form human beings.
— Margarita Pico, Tae Kwon Do Coach
We have strength, just like them. Sports has taught me that.
— Gabriela Chalá, 19 years old, Track and Field
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It was very hard for us to enter into sports. Women have only recently been able to enter into other career areas and now they are more accepting. We can be in the military, we can be architects and today we have become involved in every level of society. But, we must pass on to our young people that they have the capacity to do and be whatever they want...You have to pass many barriers and be brave, but we have the capacity to do it.
— Elizabet Velapucha, Basketball coach and player
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Videos


VIDEOS

Videos


VIDEOS

THESE ARE THE VOICES AND FACES OF THE THROUGH HER EYES PROJECT.

WATCH this video for a look at what the Through Her Eyes Project is all about. 

EXPLORE THE STORIES OF GIRLS AND WOMEN and EMPOWERMENT THROUGH SPORTS. 

WINS. DEFEATS. CHALLENGES. GAINS. LOSES.  

 

Meet Cinthia Layana, a surfer, Jackelin Ortega Vivanco de Cabrera, a basketball player, and Gabriela Chalá, a runner.

Each one of these women has found something different from playing sports, and each one has found sports to be something that changed their lives.

 
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THE stories


THE STORIES

THE stories


THE STORIES

 

These are the voices, dreams, and thoughts of girls and women around the world.

 
We’re here to lead them. To let them know that this is for them. To give them a place to learn and to feel like they can do it. We’re their leaders, when they don’t have leaders.
— Teacher at a school in Guayaquil, Ecuador

DIVE INTO THE STORIES

Explore the stories of some of the girls and women who we have profiled for THE THROUGH HER EYES PROJECT.

And follow the links in their stories to watch their videos, and learn more about them.

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ROSA ELENA MORETA

Rosa Elena Moreta was the first indigenous woman to summit Cotapaxi, one of the tallest and most active volcanoes in the world. Although she lived her whole life surrounded by the mountains it was not until a Peace Corps volunteer living in her community invited her on a trek, that she attempted her first climb. After reaching the summit, she returned to her community with new goals, and aspiration to do much more than she ever imagined. "I realized these four walls did not need to contain me," she said while sitting in her white walled home. When she returned to her community, many women questioned why she wanted to climb mountains. "I had lived beside this mountain my whole life, and I had never even imagined climbing it, why not?" In 2002 she was elected leader of her community, the first woman ever to hold that position. "When you practice sports a person maintains a healthy mind, a healthy body. You have more agility, you develop more in the area as a person, your person. You are not closed in your house all day doing nothing. You are occupied and you develop more each day.”

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Sports are a large road that can open many doors. In our culture the problem is that people don’t recognize that they can change the world if they want to.
— Margalina Pico, Coach, Doctor, Mother