British and Indian teams bat for women’s rights

In the 70th year of India’s independence and Pakistan’s creation, British women from the two nations showed solidarity in raising awareness of violence against women and girls at a charity cricket game at Chelsea’s Burton Court in London.

The Inspirational Women’s team triumphed over the UK Armed Forces Ladies by 13 runs in the second year of the Bowling Out Domestic Violence Campaign.

A 27-man band from the British Army marked the independence anniversary on the occasion.

With hopes to become a regular fixture in the cricket calendar, the initiative not only aims to inspire more women to take part in cricket and other sport but also showcases how communities can work together to highlight an important cause.

Co-organised by Opening Boundaries, its managing director Halima Khan said: “We want more people to showcase their support and come to

the games to help us create an equal playing field and support women who are raising awareness of gender equality at all levels of the game.”

Increased global media attention has helped the UK Armed Forces Ladies take the campaign to Kenya this month to highlight women empowerment and gender-based violence in the country, alongside the Kenyan Cricket Board.

Khan added: “We are looking forward to the tour with the Armed Forces…”