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Mélissa Plaza plays peace through football with girls from AS Monaco

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Mélissa Plaza plays peace through football with girls from AS Monaco

French international football player Mélissa Plaza visited the ASM Football Féminin school in Monaco to promote women's football and gender equality through the Peace and Sport "peace-through-football" scheme.

Ten days before FIFA women’s World Cup, and with the release of her book “Not for Girls?”, Champion for Peace and French International football player Mélissa Plaza promotes gender equity in sport and beyond. Invited by Peace and Sport, she came to Monaco to share her experience and bring her message to the girls of ASM Football Féminin school.

Peace and Sport organised a “peace-through-football” session in partnership with the ASMFF, on 28 May. Sponsor of the event, Mélissa Plaza exchanged with budding football players on the place of women in football before leading exercises designed to develop the positive values of sport such as dialogue, responsibility and team spirit.

Mélissa Plaza, Peace Champion and international football player, said “the football World Cup highlights the place of women in football. Being a Champion for Peace, I take this incredible opportunity to advocate for more inclusive sport, especially toward girls and women. Because sport is a huge vector of social emancipation, everyone should have access to it everywhere in the world. This is the message I want to share with the talented girls of the ASMFF.

The former D1 and international French player joined the Champions for Peace club with Peace and Sport in 2018. She is the first professional female football player to have a PhD in parallel with her career and she wrote her thesis in social psychology entitled “Gender stereotypes in sport”. On 9 May, Mélissa Plaza released her book “Not for Girls?” ("Pas pour les filles?") edited by Robert Laffont.

This session of “peace-through-football” is one of the components of the Peace and Sport methodology that will be soon digitised by My Coach Sport. On this occasion, Joël Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport, said:

It’s a great pleasure to welcome Mélissa Plaza with ASMFF. Mélissa carries the values we want to spread through our methodology and digital app. The aim is to develop the use of sport as a tool for social cohesion and peace in a simple and adaptable way around the world.

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Friday, May 31, 2019 - 11:00