Press release: FIFA and UN Women sign first-ever memorandum of understanding

Date: Friday, June 7, 2019

Gianni Infantino, FIFA President (R) and Phumzile MIambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women (L) sign a Memorandum of Understanding during the FIFA Women's Football Convention  in Paris, France. Photo: Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images
Gianni Infantino, FIFA President and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women sign a Memorandum of Understanding during the FIFA Women's Football Convention at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles on June 07, 2019 in Paris, France. Photo: Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

Paris, 7 June 2019 – The first-ever memorandum of understanding (MoU) between FIFA and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) was signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo‑Ngcuka at the FIFA Women’s Football Convention today, a few hours before the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™.

“This is a significant moment for FIFA as we combine forces with UN Women to realise gender equality for women both on and off the pitch.” said Infantino. “Together, we will raise awareness about women’s football and its impact in terms of health, empowerment and positive role models for women and girls around the world.”

The MoU will provide a strong framework for strengthening and further developing synergies between FIFA and UN Women. Both organisations will work closely with public authorities, international organisations, the private sector, and media and sports organisations to make football more accessible to women and girls and to disseminate diverse sports content to promote gender equality. Read more on this story...