Do you know Mariam S, Amina, Sarah, Christine, Esse, Mwanaidi, Fatume and Mariam C?
You will soon get to know them as the MTG team. They impressed in Nairobi with their great attitudes and brilliant soccer skills.
What if, changing what you cannot accept and standing up for gender equality was no longer a lonely, unrecognized and often degrading endeavor? What if, our gender trailblazers were celebrated as we do sportsstars? What if activism was a teams sport?
Teammates: Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan and Emma Holten (photo: Freya Morales, UNDP)
Who would you put on your SDG5 Dreamteam to fight for glory and the world we want?
Nairobi March 4th 2017
“We saw how much fun the men and children where having when they played soccer, and we decided to start our own soccer club” Says Mariam Mpaata, team captain of the Soccer Divas. But when she and a group of women founded the first female amateur soccer club in Mombasa, they made it about more than just soccer. They made it about standing united to heal and improve their community.
We asked for her picture, we got an anthem
When we asked the ubercool drummer from the Danish band L.I.G.A to be a Global Goals World Cup ambassador, we could never have dreamed of the profound way she would impact our project. She showed up for what was just meant to be a regular photo shoot, doing a bit of PR for us, and left with the idea to compose our anthem.
On November 7 our founder, Majken Gilmartin, received the IOC Women and Sport Award Europe 2016 recognising her as a role model and change agent in the pursuit of gender equality in sports.
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It is a proud history to be part of. I will practice my gratitude my continuing the work for equal inclusion, safety and competition in women sports.
Tophy winner, Majken Gilmartin | Eir Soccer and Global Goals World Cup
On November 7th Majken Gilmartin was presented with the IOC Women And Sport award for Europe. She won the award for her tireless commitment and original work for women and girls in soccer.
The first Dane to ever win this prize, Majken Gilmartin was awarded the trophy at a gala event in Lausanne by Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.
Today, Jaime Lannister aka Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – the actor with a key role in HBO’s Game of Thrones – will take on the role as referee at the Global Goals World Cup in NYC – his first job as the newly appointed UNDP Goodwill Ambassador. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau with Eir Soccer’s Global Goals ball yesterday at UNDP. The Global Goals World Cup is an open women’s amateur soccer tournament designed to expand the scope of a conventional sport event and draw on the perspectives of creatives, academics, and activists, to merge true global citizenship with the game of soccer. To qualify, teams have to play and take action for one of their favorite 17 UN Global Goals.
Today, Jaime Lannister aka Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – the actor with a key role in HBO’s Game of Thrones – will take on the role as referee at the Global Goals World Cup in NYC – his first job as the newly appointed UNDP Goodwill Ambassador.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau with Eir Soccer’s Global Goals ball yesterday at UNDP.
The Global Goals World Cup is an open women’s amateur soccer tournament designed to expand the scope of a conventional sport event and draw on the perspectives of creatives, academics, and activists, to merge true global citizenship with the game of soccer. To qualify, teams have to play and take action for one of their favorite 17 UN Global Goals.
Over a quarter of the world’s population is under the age of 14. It is the future of these generations that we are committed to improve. We need this generation to be familiar with the goals, but we also need their help. You can engage the generation of young people whose choices and creativity could make the vision of these goals a reality.
See @WomenDeliver, @FIFAWWC
Before every game, the two teams had to decide jointly which rules to play by. Great fun. Great way of honoring democracy.
The event was organized in cooperation with the Danish Soccer Federation, Copenhagen University and Politiken, the newspaper.
You can sign up for the Do Democracy Tournament on June 5th, 2015, using the contact formular above. You need to be 5-8 women on your team. We will play between noon and 5 pm. Please note, that it is very important that you dress up for the event. Feel free to get inspired at Eir’s social sites. As we approach the game date you will receive 15 rules of which you must select 5 rules in cooperation with you opponent team. It is all about having fun and – of course – Celebrate that we have a voice.
We look so much forward to seeing you.
For the first time, Eir attended the NSCAA convention – 10,000+ soccer coaches in the same place over 4 days. It was a magical, warm feeling of being part of a ‘family party’ – great and deep conversations with so many coaches and other professionals, happy hour talks, 4v4 games, and class rooms… E.g. talks with Brianna Scurry about urban girls in sport and head injuries; with April former player and head coach of the women’s national team; with Anson Dorrance, the most winning college coach ever and former coach of the womens national team. Naturally, quite a few talks about our ball and why he believe our ball is a brilliant idea, about injury prevention – and even talks about tournaments in Africa.
Particularly two women made this possible. VP of the NSCAA convention, Amanda Vandervort, and Chelsea Ladies head coach, Emma Hayes. Thank you, ladies, for inviting along and provide hosting at Marriott.
Airbrush artist Georgina Billington is working with Mia Morgan on creating 2 new ball designs. The goddess ball (strong ties to our company name) with the goddess EIR is surrounded by healing flowers; and then a playful mouth and eye ball. We love working with artists. To see how they look at our world. Playful, colorful, amazingly beautiful.