Meet The first Muslim Woman Referee in Britain, Jawahir Roble
“People can’t say kind things, but that doesn’t discourage me.”
The first white Muslim woman in Britain says her goal is to play the highest level in Britain, and has encouraged many women to follow in her footsteps.
Jawahir Roble was 10 years old when her parents fled to London after fleeing the civil war in Somalia.
Her stay under the shadow of Wembley Stadium and the football she played in primary school were the first steps that made her dream come true.
In an interview with the BBC, the 25-year-old Jawahir described how she learned English and how she struggled with discrimination and achieved her goals.
“I wanted to play for England,” she said.
Jawahir was known as ‘JJ’ and could not speak English when they arrived in the UK.
She remembers how her classmates failed to understand her English and how she struggled to speak fluently, but she quickly overcame the problem because of her passion for learning the language.
She said: “I can’t speak English but football has fascinated me since day one. I come with my ball and in primary everyone who comes with a ball is king.
“In English I just get confused when I’m talking, I can only talk to children. I say ‘help me throw the ball, thank you, I shoot’.
The words come out of nowhere, it’s amazing, I speak English. ”
“I wanted to play for England but my parents thought it would never happen,” she said.
“Their dream is to study and get a job like everyone else.”