Shabnam Ruhin

GGWCup team from Germany

Team Girl Power will be playing for Global Goal 4 - quality education


About coach Shabnam Ruhin

Hamburg, Germany

My motivation to be part of this special GGWCup & Erasmus+ Programme project

“I’m a member of Girl Power Organisation and our mission is to use the power of sport and movement to empower and improve inclusion and social participation of women and girls around the world.

My motivation is to be part of this project is to give women more self confidence and to be able to create opportunities for women.

My friends would call me:  Confident, crazy, funny and a strong women.”


Meet the team: Girl Power

Playing for Global Goal 4 - quality education

The players on team Girl Power have all "faced a discrimination of some sort". For example they have been experiencing difficulties in finding a job when wearing the hijab, or on the contrary, have been feeling like the “outsider” of the family because of not wearing the hijab and having short hair and playing football. 

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The team will be playing for Global Goal 4 Equality Education and they will take action by visiting refugee camps and share their stories on how it is possible to get an education. They will use the power of sports, movement and football to engage the young women in the conversations and will let the conversations and visits evolve naturally.

All team members are students and some have football experience. 


Supporting organization

Girls Power is a non-profit grassroots sports entity, established in June 2014 Denmark. It's passionate about empowering women and Girls from different social and cultural background from around the world through the power of sports. The organization operates in two geographical areas; Europe and South Asia. The organisation’s main target group (s) in Europe are women and girls of minorities, such as refugees, migrants, LBT. Through the power of sports, such as (football, zumba dance, yoga, cycling, swimming) and team building, leadership workshops, networking events etc we support, empower, include women & girls in society. 

In South Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Sari Lanka, Bangladesh) the target group (s) are women and girls from rural areas where there has been less development and less cultural and social activities for women & girls.

Girl Power is founded by Khalida Popalzai, former captain of the Afghanistans women’s national team. Khalida is a warrior for hope and justice and was in 2017 nominated to the GGWCup SDG5 Dream Team by Moya Dodd, the highest ranking woman in Australian and Asian soccer.

Learn more about Girl Power on Facebook and visit the website.



  • Resume

    • Shabnam has leadership and football experience on the Afghanistan women’s national team.

    • Shabnam also obtained leadership training with coach Kelly during a training campus


SDG Experience

“I have leadership skills and learned how to be a leader and a motivator for the young players in the team.”


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