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SDG 5 Gender Equality Dream Team

©UNDP: Dream Team player Emma Holten

In the world of sports, athletes are celebrated as heroes and serve as role models of their generation. When it comes to gender equality activists, this is not the case. They fight their fight behind the lines, unseen, often at a great personal risk and cost, and with no other reward than being the change they want to see in the world.

But what if the fight for gender equality was a team sport and women’s rights activists were celebrated like sports stars?

The Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations is partnering with Eir Soccer to create a SDG 5 Gender Equality Dream Team to play at the Global Goals World Cup finals in New York in September 2017 during the UN General Assembly week.

The UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 aims to achieve gender equality and to empower all women and girls. With the creation of the SDG 5 Gender Equality Dream Team, we wish to celebrate the significant and ground-breaking work of gender equality advocates and to highlight the importance of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls

Together with the Global Goals World Cup we are asking eight world leaders and gender equality role models to each nominate a female women’s rights advocate for the SDG 5 Gender Equality Dream Team. The team will be set one player at the time over the months leading up to the Global Goals World Cup finals and will be presented with their own ‘player cards’.

The first two players were nominated in March 2017 at a side event in the UN Headquarters during the annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Kenya to the United Nations, Save the Children, UNDP, UN Women, Women Deliver and the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.

Emma Holten from Denmark was nominated by the Minister for Equal Opportunities and Nordic Cooperation, H.E. Ms. Karen Ellemann, and Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan from Nigeria was nominated by the Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender of Kenya, H.E. Ms. Sicily Kariuki.

Read more about the launch event here.

©UNDP: Dream Team player Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan