England and Chelsea Ladies striker Eniola Aluko has become the first volunteer champion for UN Women NC UK.
The partnership, developed by Mediacom Sport & Entertainment, will see Aluko take an active role across a range of programmes and campaigns including HeForShe Arts Week, the soon to be launched Student Champion Programme, FeelGoodForGood, the broader HeForShe movement and Step it Up for Gender Equality.
Established in 2010 by the UN General Assembly, UN Women works to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.
UN Women is focussed on engaging the active support of men, women, boys and girls from all backgrounds to empower women, eliminate discrimination against women and girls and create a world where equal opportunity exists for men and women.
Eni Aluko added: “I've been fortunate to have had success in my career but I am also aware of the challenges on the journey to success that many women will also face in their lives. For me, there is no greater privilege than using my experience and profile to make a positive difference in society. I'm honoured to have the opportunity to work with a global organisation like UN Women to champion many causes that are close to my heart. I am grateful to have been chosen by UN Women NC UK and look forward to making a lasting contribution to their success over the coming years."
Karen Parker, vice chair at UN Women National Committee UK commented: “As a relatively young organisation with very ambitious goals, we are delighted to welcome Eniola into our family. Her journey is filled with challenges that millions of women are faced with in our society, making her an ideal spokesperson to elevate what we’re trying to achieve. Her experiences and desire to bring about positive change around equality will be an inspiration to young men and women alike. We are very much looking forward to working together.”
The UK Government is the second biggest contributor to UN Women, and the National Committee for UN Women in the UK works to support the work of UN Women, their programmes at the point of need, The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women and the Fund for Gender Equality.
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