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The Director-General names Tatiana Golovin “Promoter of Gender Equality” for the UNESCO-Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Partnership for Gender Equality

The Director-General names Tatiana Golovin “Promoter of Gender Equality” for the UNESCO-Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Partnership for Gender Equality
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On Thursday 24 May 2007, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, named Tatiana Golovin, the French tennis player, “Promoter of Gender Equality” for the UNESCO-Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Partnership for Gender Equality in a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters.

She joins another tennis star, Venus Williams, who was named the first global Promoter of Gender Equality for the programme in November 2006.

Commenting on the nomination, the Director-General stated: “I am delighted to welcome Tatiana Golovin as the second Promoter of Gender Equality in this programme. The efforts of Tatiana Golovin and Venus Williams will be key factors in the successful implementation of the partnership providing role models for millions of girls and young women around the world.”

Tatiana Golovin is an international tennis champion, and currently ranked 17th in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. She has been an outspoken advocate of gender equality, and participated in a UNESCO information meeting on women’s empowerment and gender equality at UNESCO headquarters in February 2007 along with another professional tennis player, Nadia Petrova.

“I am really excited to play an increased role in advancing women’s equality through this partnership,” Ms Golovin said. “I have had unbelievable opportunities as a professional athlete and feel strongly that girls and women across the world should have similar opportunities to succeed in the goals they set for themselves.”

The partnership between UNESCO and Sony Ericsson World Tennis Association Tour, the governing body of women's professional tennis, marks the first time that UNESCO partners with a professional sports organization to promote gender equality, an objective which was embraced by world leaders at the 2005 World Summit.

At the ceremony, Porsche, one of the world's leading automotive companies, donated €50,000 to benefit this partnership. This donation will help create and promote women’s leadership programmes worldwide.

“We appreciate Porsche’s generous contribution to this partnership,” stated Mr Matsuura. He concluded by recalling that “for UNESCO, gender equality is a fundamental human right, a commonly shared value and a necessary condition for the achievement of internationally agreed development objectives. We believe that sustainable development, human rights and peace at global, regional and local levels can only be realized if women and men enjoy expanded and equal opportunities, choices and capabilities to live in freedom and dignity.”

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokeswoman
  • Source:Flash Info N° 072-2007
  • 25-05-2007
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