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Nomination of the fourth SDG 5 Dream Team player: Dina Smailova

17.08.2017  22:11

We are proud to announce that UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka nominates Dina Smailova, leader of the national movement against sexual violence in Kazakhstan, for the SDG 5 Gender Equality Dream Team.

25 years ago, Dina Smailova survived a gang rape and was subsequently rejected by her family. Recently, she found the strength to break the silence. She started ‘NeMolchi’ (‘Don’t Keep Silent’), an initiative against sexual violence in Kazakhstan that helps other women and girls who have survived sexual violence to report their abuses and win legal battles.

In just one year, ‘Don’t Keep Silent’ provided support to over 200 women and girls, and won seven legal cases against perpetrators of sexual violence. Eight additional cases are now being investigated. With what has now become a national movement, people in Kazakhstan - at the highest levels of government and in remote villages and towns - have begun to talk openly about rape and others forms of sexual violence, an issue that until now has been highly stigmatized.

With her work, Dina wants to help more women speak out and change the attitudes within the communities in Kazakhstan. “I am proud that the movement broke the wall of silence and women started speaking up and reporting their perpetrators.”

Read more about Dina in UN Women editorial series "From where I stand" here.

We are proud to welcome Dina to the SDG 5 Dream Team and are looking forward to her playing as part of the Dream Team at the Global Goals World Cup Finals in New York on 19 September 2017.

Watch the official nomination video here and stay tuned for the next nominations in the month leading up to the Global Goals World Cup Finals.

The Global Goals World Cup is an activist women’s soccer tournament, where teams of inspiring women play for their chosen Sustainable Development Goal. The Finals will take place on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 in New York in cooperation with UNDP, Save the Children, UN Women, Women Deliver, the City of New York and the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN.