This project proposes to examine the engagement of girls in junior football teams as a real experience of citizenship. The collective and associative aspects of girls’ commitment to play football are crucial to understanding the processes of confronting, interpreting and renegotiating the gender norms and social roles. The project is based on two case studies in Africa: Cameroon and Senegal. For each, the researchers will examine the following perspectives:
- playing in a local club as a political experience for girls;
- membership in a social group, such as a football club, as a means to confront individually and collectively the norms that structure society; and
- gender sensitivity to public policies regarding youth.
What characterises this ethnographic research project is its inclusiveness of girls during the research and the dissemination of the results. Young football players will be active participants in the project through the production of a corpus of audio-visual data, a documentary collaborative filmmaking process and communication to political actors and their peers. Through this process, the aim is to propose a renewed gender agenda on participatory forms of citizenship for young women.