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The SDG5 Dreamteam

Teammates: Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan and Emma Holten  (photo: Freya Morales, UNDP)

Teammates: Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan and Emma Holten  (photo: Freya Morales, UNDP)

What if, changing what you cannot accept and standing up for gender equality was no longer a lonely, unrecognized and often degrading endeavor? What if, our gender trailblazers were celebrated as we do sportsstars? What if activism was a teams sport? 

Who would you put on your SDG5 Dreamteam to fight for glory and the world we want?
Together with the Danish permanent mission to the UN, we are asking eight established role models, development organizations and decision makers from all over the world to each nominate a player, whom they think would make a great asset to the SDG5 Dreamteam. The Dreamteam will be invited to play for SDG5 in the GGWCUP final in New York this September. The team is made up of young female activists, whom the nominators would like to promote for their dedication and achievements. -Someone who inspires us all to keep fighting!

On March 13th during the Commission on the Status of Women conference at the UNHQ in New York, we nominated the first two players, and revealed their Dreamteam "Soccer Cards".
The event was hosted by the Danish and Kenyan permanent missions and our partners.

Each new player will have her own Soccer Card, presenting her unique achievements and general awesomeness. The players will be celebrated like the champions they are, and they will now have a global team of sisters and the full support and attention of the GGWCUP community.

Our first nominators were her excellency Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender from Kenya Mrs Sicily Kariuki. And her excellency Minister for Equal Opportunity and Nordic Cooperation Ms Karen Ellemann. They nominated Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan and Emma Holten to the Dreamteam. Go to the Dreamteam page to see their Soccer cards. Stay tuned as we nominate a new player each month leading up to the Global final in new York in September.  See more pictures from the day here, where we were also pleasantly disrupted by one of our favorite activist teams: The ever relevant and unapologetic ladies from Girl Be Heard 
A special thank you to UNDP, the Office of the  Secretary Generals Envoy on Youth, Save the Children, Women Deliver, UN Women and the NYC Mayors office. 

Photos by Freya Morales, UNDP