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Assemgul Temirkhanova, 37, is a national golden grappling champion in Kazakhstan challenging gender stereotypes in sports and beyond. Temirkhanova studied Librarian and Information Sciences in the USA, and for many years has been working as a leading librarian at Nazarbayev University in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
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Under the headline "Show that you are in the first league!", media campaign in Serbia against toxic masculinity and harmful gender stereotypes reached over seven million women and men, girls and boys.
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The closing ceremony of the 16 Days of Activism campaign and the final match of the “Orange Ball” girls futsal tournament (a modified form of soccer, with five players per side) were held in Dushanbe on 10 December with the support of the Spotlight Initiative programme in Tajikistan in partnership with the Tajik Professional Futsal League.
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Emirhan Erdoğan (31) is an editor and Sports Broadcaster for Fenerbahçe Sports Club TV channel. He is also a change leader for gender equality in the Fenerbahçe Sports Club. As a strong defender of gender equality, he attended training of trainers on gender equality that UN Women Turkey provided as part of the HeForShe Movement Fenerbahçe Sports Club partnership.
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Sports can have a powerful influence on gender equality. A workshop organized by HeForShe in Turkey, with Fenerbahçe Sports Club and support from Tüpraş, examined how sports can foster gender equality across society. Participants launched practical guidelines for gender-responsive sports organizations.
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One of Turkey’s sports establishment’s most prominent members, Fenerbahçe Sports Club signs on to UN Women's Sports for Generation Equality Initiative, committing to making gender-equality a reality on and off the playing field.
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To support ending violence against women, Georgia national rugby team, the Lelos, will wear the UN Women logo on their jerseys when they play current World Champions South Africa team in July.
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Aizhan Alymbai kyzy is a 26-year-old chess champion from Kyrgyzstan. She has been a member of the national team since she was 15 years old, and took the third place in Asian Rapid Chess Championship.
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After the training organized by UN Women in November 2020, in collaboration with Aikido Albania and Empowerment through Self Defense (ESD) Global, Albania now has its first generation of self-defense instructors who have already started to provide training and support to survivors of violence, as well as to women and girls generally.
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HeForShe Turkey partner Fenerbahçe Sports Club, one of the biggest sports clubs in Turkey, drove a powerful campaign for this years’ 16 Days of Activism to raise awareness and call for the elimination of violence against women and girls by demanding #ZeroTolerance.
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For International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Moldova spoke to Ana Maria Stratu, a young woman who broke down stereotypes and chose to practice karate. She has great accomplishments and is now training other girls passionate about martial arts.
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Bahar Toksoy Guidetti is a volleyball player who lifted many trophies during her career. She contributes to girls’ empowerment through sport in her summer academy, striving to leave a positive mark on their lives.
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To mark International Women’s Day, Fenerbahçe, one of the largest and most popular sports club in Turkey and a supporter of the HeForShe campaign, and UN Women spotlighted the importance of women’s equal participation and empowerment in sports.
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The Government of Kyrgyzstan, together with the national UNiTE to End Violence Against Women and Girls movement, UN agencies, the Swiss Embassy and the OSCE Program Office in Bishkek, marked 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence Campaign in the country with the Generation Equality mass run for women’s rights.
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Marking the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, , UN Women and the Kosovo Football Federation organized the “Sport for Peace” event, where girls and boys from different communities in Kosovo showed how sport can strengthen social ties by bringing people together regardless of gender, religion, age, ethnicity and socioeconomic status.
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Fenerbahçe Sports Club, one of the oldest and most popular sports clubs in Turkey, joined forces with the HeForShe movement to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in sport. As a result of this unique collaboration, Fenerbahçe aims to set an example globally by pioneering a number of initiatives in the sports community through the “Equal Together” movement until the end of 2019. As part of the collaboration, Fenerbahçe Football Club Soccer Team will be wearing the HeForShe logo on their right arm throughout the 2018-2019 season.
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Across Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) women still run a distant second to their male counterparts when it comes to equal opportunities in sport, a new analysis released by the UN agency for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) reveals.
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UN Women Georgia’s new social campaign focuses on promoting gender equality and empowering women through sport
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Balls were flying high and goals were scored for gender equality across the river from the United Nations, as the Global Goals World Cup took place on 19 September in Brooklyn, New York, to raise awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals
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Stela Savin attends the eighth grade in central Moldova, and her dream is to become a world boxing champion. She comes from a Roma family where she is the fifth of seven siblings. Her two older sisters had engaged in several sports themselves when they were younger but had to stop when they got married.