Nadia Nadim

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Nadia Nadim was designated as UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education in 2019 in recognition of her role in promoting sport and gender equality, her contribution to UNESCO’s educational action in favour of young people, advocacy for girls and women’s education and support for the Organization’s action worldwide.

Born on 2 January 1988 in Herat, Afghanistan, Nadia Nadim and her family sought refuge in Denmark after the execution of her father, an Afghan National Army (ANA) general by the Taliban in 2000. She then began her football career, playing for B52 Aalborg football Club. After playing with a few clubs in Denmark and then in the United-States, she joined Manchester City in 2018 and plays currently as striker for the women’s Paris Saint-Germain team. Moreover, she has played within the national team of Denmark since 2009 and has obtained the Danish nationality since 2008.

In 2018, she published a book called My Story. While pursuing her career in football, she is currently a student of medicine at the University of Aarhus (Denmark).

In her first few months as UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education, Nadia Nadim became one of the faces of UNESCO’s campaign “GirlForce”, launched on International Day of the Girl Child in 2019. A photo of her in action on the football pitch with the words ‘I am a Girl Force” was exhibited alongside other portraits of inspiring girls and women on the fences around the UNESCO Headquarters building in Paris as part of the campaign. Nadia Nadim also participated in the initiative’s social media campaign, urging others to join her in empowering girls and women everywhere with education.

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