UN: UN Women partners top Spanish football club, Valencia, to boost gender equality

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
(UN Women), is partnering with a leading Spanish football club, Valencia, the first ever such collaboration between the UN body and a professional sports team.

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who launched the partnership on Tuesday in New York, said UN Women is dedicated to bringing more men and boys into the gender equality conversation.

"Valencia’s players are strong role models who will lead by example and inspire their vast fan base. We are excited to have Valencia show its support during every match played, with the cause prominently displayed to fans and viewers around the world," she said.

Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said under the partnership, the UN Women logo would be emblazoned on
the back of the team’s players’ jerseys when they play in European competitions such as the Champions League, one of the most renowned tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football.

In addition, she said special matches and soccer clinics would take place over the next four years throughout Spain, the Americas and other parts of the world.

The UN official also said Valencia CF is the only club in the top Spanish league, Liga BBVA, with a female Chair, Ms. Lay Hoon Chan, who is also the first woman ever to hold that position in Valencia CF’s 96-year history.

Responding, Ms. Chan said: "We are honoured to work alongside UN Women and the global community to support and bring awareness to such a remarkable cause.

"This is a long-term commitment to really help make a difference to expand advocacy efforts towards gender equality. It’s not only a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue that Valencia CF strongly believes in."
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27 may 2015 08:16:05

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