2nd UN-NPSC Girls Football Tournament : Promoting Equality on the Field
07 December 2018


The power of sport to help make sustainable development a reality and, in particular, the 2030 Agenda – the United Nations’ blueprint to transform the world for the benefit of all – has been explicitly recognized by the United Nations General Assembly resolution (A/73/L.36), adopted at UN Headquarters earlier this week (3 December). 
 
In its second year, UNIC New Delhi relaunched the Girls Football Tournament in collaboration with the NPSC Network of schools. The tournament was a part of the UN Women Campaign called “16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women”. UN Environment collaborated on the initiative in an effort to green the tournament and make it single-use plastic free. Together, we worked to shatter lingering preconceptions about women’s and girl’s football and boost participation.
 
Gender stereotyping and cultural barriers contribute to perpetuation of a negatively distorted image of the women’s game, which holds back greater participation in football. Subsequently, much of the nation’s football talent is being blocked from ever making it to the professional level 
 
Teams from 14 schools in Delhi NCR and the girls team from the Pehchaan Live Foundation in Munger, Bihar battled all odds to participate in this 5 day football tournament.
The girls pushed boundaries to pursue their passion for football and compete for the UN Trophy. The tournament was hosted by Modern School, Vasant Vihar. The girls football team from Munger, Bihar emerged victorious and lifted the UN Trophy. 

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