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Gender equality at new heights: Kanchhi Maya Tamang summits Mount Everest for gender equality in sports

24 May 2017

After an 11-hour-climb from Camp 4 on Everest’s South Col route, Kanchhi Maya Tamang, together with Pemba Dorje Sherpa, and their Sherpa teammates reached the 29,035 feet (8,848 metres) summit of the world’s highest peak on 20 May. It was the first time someone has climbed Mount Everest for gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

Speech: Making equality a reality

06 March 2017

[Check against delivery]   Mr. Gianni Infantino, FIFA President, Madam Fatma Samoura, FIFA Secretary-General, Distinguished participants, Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you very much to FIFA for inviting UN Women to be part of this important conference that brings together the worlds football constituency to celebrate the International Women’s Day. Remember that what we are pledging today requires us to work for women's human rights not just once a year, once a month or once a... More

In Albania, football and a mobile app get men to commit to gender equality

26 October 2016

The HeForShe in Stadiums campaign and HeForShe Fan mobile app use football to reach men and boys across Albania, encouraging them to empower women, stop discrimination and speak out against gender-based violence. More

“People are beginning to see our potential…the potential of all the girls who play sport”

23 August 2016

Marcelly Vitória de Mendonça, participant of ‘One Win Leads to Another’ programme by UN Women and the International Olympic Committee, received the Olympic Cup on behalf of the people of Rio de Janeiro in the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games. More

The day we carried the Olympic Torch for women and girls

22 August 2016

By Thaiza Vitória, 15-year-old Brazilian handball player and member of the ‘One Win Leads to Another’ programme in Rio de Janeiro and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Both of them carried the Olympic Torch on the day of the opening ceremony of the Rio Games. More

From where I stand: Flor Isava-Fonseca

20 August 2016

Flor Isava- Fonseca, 95, is a tireless Venezuelan activist, athlete, journalist and writer. Ms. Isava-Fonseca and Finnish sprinter Pirjo Häggman were the first women to be elected to the International Olympic Committee. More

“We are carrying the torch for women and girls all over the world” – Executive Director

09 August 2016

Remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at One Win Leads to Another event at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro More

Media advisory: UN Women at the 2016 Rio Olympics

28 July 2016

At the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, UN Women, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Always (#LikeAGirl) will celebrate women’s and girls’ empowerment through sport and share experiences of the ‘One Win Leads to Another’ programme in Brazil. More

For the Federation, every day is Orange Day: Q&A with Stephan Fox

27 July 2016

Stephan Fox has lived in Thailand for 15 years. He is the Vice President of the World Muaythai Council, the General Secretary of the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur. Since 2014, he has been working with UN Women to promote gender equality and raise awareness on ending violence against women and girls. More

From where I stand: Abby Wambach

26 July 2016

Abby Wambach, a sports icon and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion, speaks out against pay inequality. More

Football camps in Jordan plant seeds of friendship and cohesion

25 July 2016

For Syrian refugees in Jordan, integration into the Jordanian society is fraught with challenges. Mistrust and rumors taint how each group perceives the other. A project by UN Women organized football camps for adolescent girls, where Jordanian and Syrian girls built friendships and social cohesion. More

From where I stand: Micaele Fernandes

25 July 2016

Micaele Fernandes, 16, is a handball player from Rio de Janeiro. She is a participant in ‘One Win Leads to Another’, a programme to empower young women and girls through sport in Brazil by UN Women and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). More

In Brazil, girls build self-esteem and independence through sport

25 July 2016

What does being a winner mean? For 12-year old Adrielle Alexandre, who will carry the Olympic torch, it’s not only about becoming an Olympic rhythmic gymnast, but to make her community a place free of violence and full of respect. She is among 400 girls who are participating in a programme in Brazil that empowers girls through sport and by creating safe spaces. More

From where I stand: Khalida Popal

25 July 2016

Khalida Popal made history by becoming the first female captain of the Afghan National Football team in 2007. More

Rugby players in Georgia scrum against violence

22 July 2016

From starring in billboards and videos to meetings with men and boys across the country, Georgian rugby players are leading advocacy to end violence against women. Public perception is changing, survivors are seeking support, and men and boys are taking a stand against violence. More

Playing for gender equality with Valencia Club de Fútbol

22 July 2016

Valencia Club de Fútbol, the first sport club to become a UN Women global partner, is hosting special matches and soccer clinics around the world to advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment. More

Photo Essay: Stela Savin, challenging gender stereotypes in Moldova

21 July 2016

Stela Savin comes from a Roma family and attends the eighth grade in Hînceşti, central Moldova. Her dream is to become a world boxing champion. More

Beating gender stereotypes in Pakistan with football

19 July 2016

Hajra Khan made history when she became the first Pakistani female footballer to sign a contract to play abroad in the Maldives National Women’s League in 2014. In a society where gender stereotypes and cultural barriers prevent girls from participating in football, this is not a small win. More

The fastest man in the world is HeForShe

14 July 2016

Usain Bolt, Jamaica’s Olympic champion and “the fastest man in the world” has signed on to UN Women’s HeForShe Campaign. More

Samoa’s Rugby team goes orange as players UNiTE to end violence against women

11 July 2016

Manu Samoa, the national rugby team intensifies efforts to raise awareness about violence against women in the Pacific region, dedicates the 25 June test match between Samoa and Tonga to the UNiTE Campaign. More

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