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.
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 to each nominate a woman who may not be famous, but has inspired them through her commitment to gender equality.
The first two players Fatuma Adan of Kenya and Emma Holten from Denmark 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. Read about the event and players here (click here for photos from the event)
The next player was Khalida Popal. 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
After her came Dina Smailova from Kasakhstan. A brave woman who overcame the shame of being raped and shun by her family, to become the leader of a movement for women who finally break the silence. Read about her here
Tshidi Likate of South Africa was the 5th player: A young, yet powerfull and outspoken defender of Girl's rights, nominated by the former first female Prime Minister of Denmark and current CEO of Save The Children International Ms Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Read about Tshidi here.
Legendary artist and activist Annie Lennox nominated UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Syrian refugee Muzoon Al-Mellehan as the second last player. Read her motivation here.
HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark announced the final player. Assmaah Helal from Australia. Former Chair of the Commonwealth Youth SDP Working Group and Muslim Sportsperson of the Year in Australia, recognized for her work to increase participation in football for girls from migrant communities.
THE DREAM TEAM