World Rugby U20 Championship joins HeForShe

Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017

New Zealand's rugby players talking about gender equality and empowering of girls through sports; Photo: UN Women/Maka Gogaladze
New Zealand's rugby players talking about gender equality and empowering of girls through sports; Photo: UN Women/Maka Gogaladze

The participating teams of the World Rugby U20 Championship 2017, hosted by Georgia, the World Rugby Organisation declared their support for HeForShe, the UN Women solidarity movement for gender equality. 

Erika Kvapilova, UN Women Country Representative in Georgia, thanked the Georgian Rugby Union, which was one of the first supporters of HeForShe in Georgia: “We would like to extend special thanks to them for their initiative, within the framework of which the Georgian rugby players met with 500 children in 19 villages and spoke to them about equality between girls and boys, women and men, and about the importance of non-violent behaviour. Today’s initiative is taking place under the auspices of the World Rugby U20 Championship. Thanks a lot to Tournament Director Simon Kibble and the countries participating in the championship.” Ms. Kvapilova especially thanked the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs for their fruitful cooperation.

 UN Women and World Rugby affirmed their partnership within the framework of the championship at the event, which took place at the premises of the National Archives of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia.

Davit Sergeenko, Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs, spoke about the significance of having a close cooperation with UN Women. He also emphasized the ongoing partnership between UN Women and the rugby community: “Today’s event is an affirmation of this cooperation. I am happy that this partnership is truly effective and not a symbolic one.”

To read more, see our UN Women Georgia web feature on this story.