GGWC/SDG dream team launch
New York, 13 March 2017 - UN HQ - GGWC/SDG dream team launch. The theatre-group Girl Be Heard will present a football happening, and distribute SDG soccer balls to attendees. The Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations, The Permanent Mission of Kenya to the United Nations, UNDP, UN Women, Women Deliver and Eir Soccer is proud to launch the SDG 5 Gender Equality Dream Team as a catalyst to:
* Highlight the importance of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls
* Celebrate significant and ground-breaking work of gender equality role models
* Create awareness on SDG 5 at the Global Goals World Cup at UNGA72
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.
At the Global Goals World Cup this is different. Here teams compete for the passion and glory of their convictions. The victorious team is not necessarily the one blessed with the greatest football skills; it is the team that succeeds in creating action with their message and their commitment to sustainable development and the goal of their choice.
The CSW side-event will launch the SDG 5 Gender Equality Dream Team and the first two players on the team will be introduced by the Danish Minister for Equal Opportunities, Mrs. Karen Ellemann and the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, Mrs. Sicily K. Kariuki. The minister and Cabinet Secretary have both chosen a dream team player who has been an inspiration to them because of their strong commitment to gender equality. The selected dream team player might be unknown to most, but they are activists within gender equality and one of the true stars of the future.
The SDG 5 Gender Equality Dream Team will play in the Global Goals World Cup Global Finals during the UNGA72 in September. Between now and then, the team will be set one nominee at the time. Selected women leaders will determine their respective nominee to play for the dream team. These nominees will be presented with ‘football cards’ and a short blog in the newspaper [tbc]. In the end, there will be a dream team of 17 gender equality activists whom all ought to know.
The aim is to create an event that is innovative and ground-breaking with an uplifting vibe that fosters commitment to action on gender equality. To draw attention to the event and get the participants in the right mood there will be a voluntary pre-event in the Delegates Lounge with an obstacle course on gender imbalances. © UNDP / Freya Morales For outreach at the event it is recommended to use the following Twitter handles: @ggwc @Denmark_UN @UNDP @UN_Women @WomenDeliver @unyouthenvoy Hashtags: #SDGs #SDG5 #SDG5dreamteam (new hashtag) #CSW61 Goal5 gender equality