Females are usually considered physically weak in comparison to males. The photo exhibition ‘Repicture Women’ at The Hub, Thamel portrays the opposite.

Through 70 images, the exhibition that puts females in a different light, provokes one to ‘re-picture’ the stereotyped image of women.

Female athletes and their sportsmanship along with their female coaches are on the many frames at the exhibition organised by The We United Project and supported by European Union (EU). It features women playing or coaching different tournaments and leagues — the moments of women playing the game, dribbling a football, kicking some scores and even their celebrations have been captured.

“Girls are always perceived and expected to look pretty and flawless, but that is not the truth. Even commercials show girls in a typical manner but I am trying to break this stereotype and showcase that girls can do and be whatever they want through this photo exhibition,”

Amanda Cats-Baril, Director at The We United Project, informs of the objective of the exhibition.

As per her, they train female footballers, organise tournaments that “bring numerous girls together and provide a safe place for them to show their skills, show sportsmanship, cultivate competitiveness and desire to attain more”, and premier football leagues for more than five years, of which make the moments of the photo exhibition.

The photo exhibition has not just captured the moments but the empowered spirit of the females in it.

Matina Maharjan, 26, is one of the players who is being coached and trained under The We United Project.

“When I started to play football the scenario was different and it was really hard to see a future in it.

The scope was less due to lack of proper training and good equipment,” she shares adding, “I had completely forgotten about football at one stage but I realised I wanted to grow as an athlete — I am now determined and running the extra mile to become the coach of a team one day.”

Similarly, Silika Shakya always loved playing football but “was never allowed to”. Regardless, she decided to pursue her passion and “struggled a lot to break the ceiling and tried my best to grasp opportunities. I am a coach now and I feel blessed to continue what I have always wanted to,” she shares. She was one of the trainees of the first batch trained by The We United Project, and now the coach.

EU Ambassador Veronica Cody hopes this one-week photo exhibition will make people aware about the potential the girls hold. “In a society where things are mansplained, this exhibition where girls are shown in a different way is highlighting that the world would be a better place if representation and opportunity were gender balanced,” she expresses. She believes that girls are in need of a good platform.

The exhibition, that started on March 4 on the occasion of International Women’s Day, will continue till March 10.