On what is an otherwise dark news day for the soccer world, there is at least one glimmer of light. U.N. Women announced its first collaboration with a professional sports team as it join hands with Valencia FC, a top Spanish soccer team. The U.N. Women logo will be seen on the back of the team’s players’ jerseys when they play in European competitions as the Champions League, one of the world’s most watched and prestigious soccer tournaments. In addition, special matches and soccer clinics will take place over the next four years throughout Spain, the Americas and other parts of the world. Valencia is the only club in the top Spanish league with a female chair, Lay Hoon Chan, the first woman to hold that position in the club’s near century of existence. Along with its highly visible “HeForShe” initiative, this collaboration is part of U.N. Women’s effort to bring more men and boys in the gender equality conversation, according to under-secretary-general and U.N. Women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. “Valencia’s players are strong role models who will lead by example and inspire their vast fan base. We are excited to have Valencia show its support during every match played, with the cause prominently displayed to fans and viewers around the world,” she said in a statement.
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