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Nadia Nadim Named UNESCO Champion for girls’ and Women’s Education

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Nadia Nadim is the new UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education. The Danish female football player of Afghan origins of the PSG women’s team was appointed in early July by Audrey Azoulay, Executive Director of UNESCO.

Nadia Nadim is the new face of UNESCO for the education of girls and women. Her appointment comes in recognition of her role in promoting sport and gender equality, her contribution to UNESCO’s educational work for young people, her advocacy for the education of girls and women and her support for the work of the Organization in the world, as explained by the UN in a statement. A designation that also took place as part of the launch of UNESCO’s major initiative, ” Her Education, Our Future “, which aims to mobilize as many as possible for girls and women’s education to accelerate parity.

Born in 1988 in Afghanistan, Nadia Nadim fled to Denmark with her family after the execution of her father in 2000, General of the Afghan National Army (ANA). It is in Denmark that she started a career in football playing for the club B52 Aalborg. In parallel with her passion for football, she continued her studies in medicine. And like UNESCO, she is convinced that education can improve the future of girls and women, their economic independence, their self-confidence and their ability to assert their rights.