On the eve of International Women’s Day, March 7th, Ayo! opened an exciting exhibition surrounding its current project, GameChanger. The exhibition, a series of portraits of girls who play soccer in different regions of Armenia, tells the encouraging story of women’s strength and independence through personal stories about fighting stereotypes and surmounting challenges.

Ayo!, FAR’s crowdfunding platform, implemented GameChanger in partnership with Goals of Armenia Leadership Soccer (GOALS), and aims to establish a girls’ soccer league in Armenia’s Kotayk Province. The league will enable girls in Kotayk to not only learn how to play soccer, but also about teamwork, leadership skills, and gender equality. With Armenia’s lack of facilities and opportunities for girls to be involved in their favorite sports, Ayo! wants to make sure that youth in the Kotayk Province can surmount the odds.

“We initiated the exhibition one day prior to International Women’s Day because our team believes that International Women’s Day is not only about flowers and gifts, but also about women’s rights, gender equality, and equal opportunity, and our project is exactly about this,” said Ayo! Programs Manager Laura Gevorgyan during the opening.

Girls from different provinces where GOALS has already established soccer leagues were present at the exhibition, too, along with many guests from international organizations and the U.S. Embassy to Armenia.

Rafik Mansour, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy, had an encouraging speech and explained that the embassy has supported the GOALS several times. “Tomorrow these girls will be able to change the world because today they kicked that ball,” he said, before calling people to support GameChanger.

The exhibition, at Article 3 media club in Yerevan, will be open to the public until March 21st.