» Nadia Nadim becomes one of the faces of UNESCO’s campaign “GirlForce” for International Day of the Girl Child
20.11.2019 - Goodwill Ambassadors

Nadia Nadim becomes one of the faces of UNESCO’s campaign “GirlForce” for International Day of the Girl Child

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In her first few months as UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education, Nadia Nadim became one of the faces of UNESCO’s recent campaign “GirlForce” launched on the day of this year’s International Day of the Girl Child.

Celebrated by the UN since 2011, the International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

On this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, held 11 October, a photo of Nadia Nadim 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. These images remained there on show for a month as part of the GirlForce 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.

Alongside Nadia Nadim’s photo, a caption read: “I am Nadia. I was born in Afghanistan and grew up in Denmark. I have achieved my dream of becoming a professional football player. I am proud to be a UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education. I am a GirlForce.”

On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, UNESCO organised a big event at the Headquarters, inviting partners to celebrate champions, such as Nadia Nadim, who empower girls and women and who, through education, have managed to walk past gender norms and bias to follow their dreams. This event included an award ceremony of UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education.

The GirlForce campaign is part of UNESCO’s major initiative “Her Education Our Future”, launched in July 2019 alongside Nadia Nadim’s designation as UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education. 

Ms Nadim was designated in light 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.




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