Our Dream Team

Meet the Dream Teams

We asked strong advocates and role models of gender equality to nominate a woman who inspired them with her commitment to gender equality — and the GGWCup Dream Team was born. In the world of sport, heroes are celebrated, elevated to stardom 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. We set out to change that.


The Copenhagen 2019 Dream Team

The Original Dream Team


The Dream Team Story

Fatuma & Emma, New York, April 14, 2017.

Fatuma & Emma, New York, April 14, 2017.

The Dream Team 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.

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 (Kenya) and Emma Holten (Denmark). The players were nominated during the Commission on the Status of Women conference at the UNHQ in New York at an event at the ECOSOC chamber in partnership with the Danish and Kenyan Missions and partners. More photos from the event here.

The original Dream Team was soon assembled: Khalida Popal, nominated by Australian football legend Moya Dodd, Dina Smailova nominated by executive director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Tshidi Likate nominated by the former first female Prime Minister of Denmark and current CEO of Save The Children International Ms Helle Thorning-Schmidt, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Al-Mellehan nominated by artist and activist Annie Lennox and, finally, HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark announced the final player in 2017 in New York: Assmaah Helal.


More Dream Team Photos