Press Release: One of the largest sports events of Ukraine xelebrates the HeForShe Movement

Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018

UN Women/Volodymyr Shuvayev
Photo: UN Women/Volodymyr Shuvayev

One of the largest and most anticipated sports events of Ukraine, the 8th Kyiv Half Marathon, engaged 11,000 participants from 52 countries, and more than 27,000 spectators who watched this extraordinary event in the Downtown Kyiv.

UN Women/Volodymyr Shuvayev
Photo: UN Women/Volodymyr Shuvayev

The organizer of the massive international sports events in Ukraine - Run Ukraine Company - has joined the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality. From now on, the cooperation of the UN Women in Ukraine and Run Ukraine will be realized in five league events, which will take place this year in five cities of Ukraine: Kyiv, Dnipro, Lviv, Odesa and Zaporizhia. During the Kyiv Half Marathon, one of the rallies focused on the solidarity movement - a relay race 10 km + 11.0975 km, that got the title the HeForShe Kyiv Half Marathon Relay.

Almost 900 participants have successfully completed the HeForShe relay run and have jointly won their medals. Guests of the event could also enjoy the interactive installation and online quiz to test their Gender IQ, made pictures and learned more about the ways to support HeForShe at their workplace and on campus.

UN Women/Volodymyr Shuvayev
Photo: UN Women/Volodymyr Shuvayev

“Sport has the power to transcend boundaries of sex, race, religion and nationality. It promotes health and wellness, improves self-esteem, and teaches leadership, team skills and perseverance. Women in sport defy gender stereotypes, make inspiring role models, and show men and women as equals. We’re proud to partner with Run Ukraine and celebrate their joining the HeForShe solidarity movement for gender equality that enables men to stand alongside women and make gender equality a reality of the 21st century,” - commented Anastasia Divinskaya, Head of Office, UN Women in Ukraine.

Run Ukraine called to join the HeForShe movement in order to protect equal rights of women and men, and create a common vision of a fair world.