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In the Words of Dorcas Amakobe:“We take girls when they are nine years old and give them a chance to be bold”

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Dorcas Amakobe is the Executive Director of “Moving the Goalposts”, a sport for development organization based Kilifi, a coastal town in Kenya. As part of a UN Women programme funded by the Government of Japan on enhancing women’s active participation in prevention of violent extremism in Kenya, the organization ran a project that provided livelihood skills training and helped build financial independence of young women engaged in its sport programme to build their resilience in Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale and Tana River County in the coastal region, where youth, including young women, are vulnerable to the spread of violent extremism. Using football as a tool for empowering girls and young women, Moving the Goalposts is helping girls and women stand on their own feet and make their mark, both on and off the field.

Girls kick violence with Grassroot Soccer

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka visits a Primary School in Khayelitsha to see the impact of a male-founded sports-based programme which fosters girls’ empowerment and addresses violence against women.

Coverage: Executive Director visits South Africa

Monday, June 1, 2015

During a week-long mission to her native South Africa from 1-5 June, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit UN Women programmes in the field, take part in a joint workshop for female entrepreneurs, attend the World Economic Forum on Africa 2015 – which she will co-chair this year – where she will call for a new economic agenda that works for women and benefits all, and engage with a range of stakeholders.

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