Save the Children has entered a new partnership with Danish non-profit sports organization Eir Soccer, the UNDP and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the Global goals world cup – a soccer tournament for women, founded by Eir Soccer. Eir was founded by Danish coach and campaigner Majken Gilmartin in the year 2004.
The Global Goals World Cup is about using the power of sports to create a public moment on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) By letting the teams pick their favorite Global Goals to play for. Its about Women taking the lead in choosing their own development agenda by setting a team and boldly playing for change.
The first pilot qualifying match was held in Copenhagen to mark the Women Deliver conference on 17th May. On September 18th the Global Goals World Cup was launched officially at the Social Good Summit in partnership with UNDP, Save the Children and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The workshop was majorly on planning towards the next stage of the Global Goals World Cup project which is set to happen either in March 8th or April 6th – having two events in East and Southern Africa – one in Kenya and one in Ethiopia.
This workshop brought together partners working with girls and women’s rights, sports and public mobilization in East and Southern Africa and we learnt about the project and discuss the opportunities it presents to align advocacy and campaigning efforts towards achieving the sustainable development goals.