SDG5 Dream Team

The SDG5 (Gender Equality) Dream Team


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

We set out to change that...The SDG 5 Dreamteam is an initiative by Global Goals World Cup, the Danish Permanent Mission to the UN, UNDP, Save the Children, UN Women, Women Deliver and the City of New York.
Eight young gender activists from all over the world are coming together at the Global Goals World Cup Soccer tournament in New York City in September, to form the ultimate SDG 5 Dream Team. They will be celebrated like the champions each of them are, and experience what it is like to have a whole team supporting them in the fight against injustice.

We are asking strong established advocates and role models for gender equality  (male or female) to each nominate a young woman who may not be famous, but has inspired them through her commitment to gender equality. 

The first two players where nominated at an event at the ECOSOC chamber in partnership with the Danish and Kenyan Missions and other partners click on their "soccer cards" to see why they where nominated. (click here for photos from the event)
The next player is a true example of the global and universal nature of sport. She is an Afghan women, living in asylum in Denmark, nominated by an Australian football legend. Read the full story here