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Beating gender stereotypes in Pakistan with football

Tuesday, July 19, 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.

Changing young women’s lives in Pakistan through football

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

On 10 April, UN Women teamed up with Serena Hotels and hosted a match day to show how football is a powerful tool for social inclusion, gender equality and youth empowerment.

Football camps in Jordan plant seeds of friendship and cohesion

Monday, July 25, 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.

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

Wednesday, October 26, 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.

Football unites President of Bolivia, diplomats and top officials to End Violence against Women

Thursday, September 26, 2013

President of Bolivia Evo Morales, top officials and ambassadors to the UN took time out during the General Assembly today to play a football match to support the Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women.

Valencia Club de Fútbol and UN Women to teach football training techniques to development practitioners

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

UN Women and Valencia CF are organizing an innovative international workshop which will provide the participants with techniques to design and conduct high-quality football training with a strong focus on gender equality, preventing violence against women and girls and building self-esteem and leadership through sports.

Clad in new UN Women-branded jerseys, Valencia Football Club scores

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sporting their new UN Women-branded jerseys, the Valencia Club de Futbol team won a friendly match against Columbus Crew Soccer Club in Columbus, Ohio on 28 May, with a score of 1-0. The Spanish Liga team was in the United States this past week to unveil their partnership with UN Women, launched at UN Headquarters in New York City on 26 May. This is the first time a sports club becomes a global partner for the UN organization. The four-year agreement aims to promote gender equality and...

From where I stand: Khalida Popal

Monday, July 25, 2016

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

Press release: FIFA and UN Women sign first-ever memorandum of understanding

Friday, June 7, 2019

The first-ever memorandum of understanding (MoU) between FIFA and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) was signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka at the FIFA Women’s Football Convention

Sport an important vehicle to achieve gender equality

Monday, March 21, 2016

Taking place in an Olympic year and shortly after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, one CSW60 side event focused on highlighting sport as a vehicle to achieve gender equality and end violence against women and girls.

Challenging gender stereotypes through sport in Egypt

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Cairo SheWolves is one of the first all-women American football teams in Egypt. Photo: Courtesy of the Cairo Wolves. Gender norms and stereotypes prevail throughout Egypt, even in its bustling capital Cairo. It’s here that a novel project, an all-women American football team— is challenging gender norms in sport. Speaking to UN Women about the Cairo SheWolves, Ziad Gaafar Mohammed, coach of the women’s American football team in Cairo’s Dokki and Mohandeseen...

UN Women scores goals for gender equality at the FIFA Women’s World Cup

Friday, June 7, 2019

This month the world of football is looking to France, where the top 24 teams compete in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. UN Women attended the opening match in Paris and joined FIFA’s Global Women’s Football Convention on 7 June.

Speech: Making equality a reality

Monday, March 6, 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...

Six women athletes who are changing the game

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

As athletes from 93 nations fly to Pyeongchang County in the Republic of Korea to compete from 9-25 February, women are set to make their mark on the 2018 Winter Olympics like never before. To celebrate women in sport, we bring you some inspirational women who are breaking down gender barriers.

16 Days of Activism closes in Istanbul

Friday, December 11, 2015

Istanbul concludes 16 Days of Activism with a water, light and laser show over the Bosphorus Strait and a strong message to the world: Stop violence against women now!

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