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Irene Lozano: “Soccer is a component of girls’s liberation”

Irene Lozano: “Soccer is a component of girls’s liberation”

First Secretary of State for International Spain, former president of the Greater Sports activities Council and now director of the Casa Árabe. On the head of this group, Irene Lozano (Madrid, 1971) attends AS after the presentation of ‘Fútbol para la esperanza’, an initiative thatwith the umbrella of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, focuses on soccer as a component of social transformation.

In collaboration with AS, LaLiga, RTVE and the CSD, Casa Árabe will perform greater than twenty actions to carry the fact of the Arab world nearer to Spanish society by means of the common language of sport and whose beginning sign It will likely be given by the inauguration of the photographic exhibition tomorrow, at 7:30 p.m. on the headquarters of the entity that Lozano directs in Madrid. Afterwards, there will probably be movie seasons, enterprise conferences on tourism, tradition, mobility and sports activities, and even a 7-a-side soccer world cup.

What goals are marked with this challenge?

Inside the framework of the World Cup in Qatar we wish to put the emphasis exactly on every thing that will probably be seen much less on the large screens, on the social facet and the position that soccer has within the integration of many youngsters and adolescents who’re of Arab origin in Spain. There are some spectacular and treasured human tales, which we’re going to spotlight all through the three months that the challenge lasts.

How do you plan to strengthen ties between Spain and the Arab international locations?

With soccer on the heart and in addition looking for the hyperlinks between this sport and artwork, cinema, literature… At Casa Árabe we place emphasis on all these actions that permit societies to get to know one another higher and we imagine it is rather essential to advertise that information, which generates nice human, psychological, cultural, and financial advantages… Two million Arabs reside in Spain and there are sometimes prejudices towards this a part of the inhabitants, which has spectacular creativity and an unlimited preventing spirit.

Does soccer assist obtain that integration?

Sure, undoubtedly, and there are small groups that do it like Dragones de Lavapiés or one other from Raval… Kids discover in soccer a component of integration, assist, a way of belonging to a group. And within the case of women’ groups, it is also a method to meet different ladies like them. We spotlight that lots within the photographic exhibition that opens tomorrow, Wednesday.

What position is it having amongst Arab ladies or from Arab international locations?

Not all international locations are in the identical place, however in all of them the widespread factor is that soccer is a component of girls’s liberation. From the clothes itself for apply to what it means to generate their very own areas during which ladies meet different ladies, aside from males… And likewise passing by means of ladies as spectators of the sporting occasions themselves. All that is opening paths and breaking gaps which can be crucial for Arab ladies and for all.

You had been the forerunner of the F League, during which the ball lastly rolls…

When in my time we launched the professionalization of girls’s soccer, we knew it was a troublesome path. The CSD performed an important position in mediating and unblocking the scenario that was skilled originally. Above all, congratulate the ladies soccer gamers who’re lastly taking part in in an expert league. This advance shouldn’t be solely helpful for soccer gamers, however for all Spanish ladies. And likewise for girls from different international locations, additionally Arabs.

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