UN supports a friendly football match to promote gender equality in Azerbaijan

Participants of the friendly football match to support gender equality in Azerbaijan, 2 March 2019. Photo/UNO Baku

BAKU, 4 March 2019 – To mark 8 March International Women’s Day, the United Nations (UN) officials, representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Azerbaijan and female players from Azerbaijani national football team (U 17 and U19) played a friendly football match to support gender equality in the country.

Four teams, consisting of male and female participants, played wearing uniforms and using balls produced by UNO Baku, which featured the Sustainable Development Goals and the hashtag #play4equity.

The UN Office in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan Football Federations Association (AFFA) and Head of Missions’ Spouses (HOMS) organised the event.

“It was wonderful to play with female football stars of Azerbaijan to promote gender equality and girls empowerment,” said Ghulam Isaczai, UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan. Mr Isaczai thanked AFFA, diplomatic community, HOMS and his UN colleagues for their participation and support.

Jahangir Hasanzade, head of mass football department, appreciated UN’s continuous support to girls football and gender equality in Azerbaijan, and presented the award and certificate of appreciation to the UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan.

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