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.