On 2 December 2019, UNESCO New Delhi hosted a day-long round-table meeting of National Alliance for Women’s football that brought together various stakeholders from across the country on one platform to propel Indian women's football to the global stage and build alliances to nurture women's football while taking into account the diversity of the country. The deliberations primarily focused on using football as a tool for empowerment of women and girls.
The round-table meeting was convened by the Centre for Equity and Inclusion (CEQUIN) and the Australian High Commission in New with the objective to promote football as a potent tool to empower adolescent girls across the country. The Alliance was an opportunity for all stakeholders to share ideas, synergize and converge efforts, cultivate innovative partnerships, collaborations and pilots.
UNESCO is fully committed to the National Alliance for Women's Football as we believe football and sports at large have the capacity to unleash a much needed social transformation towards the achievement of gender equality
The overarching objectives of the meeting were to increase opportunities for girls to participate and compete; raise the profile and success of women’s football in India; drive cultural change to encourage and normalize women in the sport; and enhance investments to create opportunities for engagement.
The National Alliance for Women’s football was launched with CEQUIN as its lead convener to promote football and sports as a tool for development and a direct contributor to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 5 on Gender Equality. UNESCO’s partnership with CEQUIN seeks to increase participation and enhance investment for women in football, with women’s empowerment as a larger goal.
CEQUIN has been promoting girls' participation in football over the years through advocacy, training sessions, workshops, and building partnerships across the public and private sector, civil society organizations and international organizations. As a part of the mandate of the National Alliance for Women’s Football in India, the organization seeks to promote the ambitious "Mission 2028", to prepare girls for international excellence in football.
UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education, the sciences, culture and communication. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030. The UNESCO New Delhi Office was established in 1948, and is today a platform for the delivery of activities in all areas of UNESCO’s competence. UNESCO New Delhi is mandated to cover six countries of South Asia – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. UNESCO, as the leading agency for Sports within the UN System, supports its Member States in South Asia to ensure all young people, particularly young women and girls, enjoy the benefits of sports.