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France: FIFA and UN sign historic memorandum on women's football empowerment02:26

France: FIFA and UN sign historic memorandum on women's football empowerment

France, Paris
June 7, 2019 at 19:12 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hours before the kick-off of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, FIFA President Gianni Infantino and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka signed the first-ever memorandum of understanding (MoU) between both organisation, at the FIFA Women’s Football Convention in Paris on Friday, to realise gender equality for women both on and off the pitch.

Infantino spoke about the necessity of having "a proper, an own identity for women's football," adding that the organisation is aiming to attract one billion viewers for the 2019 Women's World Cup, in hope to make it the most followed sporting event in the world after the men's World Cup.

Mia Hamm, FIFA Women's Player of the Year for 2001 and 2002, also underlined the importance of the 2019 Women's World Cup for women around the world, saying that it empowered them "to do more, to be more."

"You're seeing it on soccer pitches all over the world and they're showing you how this game has changed their life, how it's empowered them to do more, to be more," said Hamm.

The first-ever FIFA Women's Football Convention was held in Paris, from June 6—7.

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Hours before the kick-off of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, FIFA President Gianni Infantino and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka signed the first-ever memorandum of understanding (MoU) between both organisation, at the FIFA Women’s Football Convention in Paris on Friday, to realise gender equality for women both on and off the pitch.

Infantino spoke about the necessity of having "a proper, an own identity for women's football," adding that the organisation is aiming to attract one billion viewers for the 2019 Women's World Cup, in hope to make it the most followed sporting event in the world after the men's World Cup.

Mia Hamm, FIFA Women's Player of the Year for 2001 and 2002, also underlined the importance of the 2019 Women's World Cup for women around the world, saying that it empowered them "to do more, to be more."

"You're seeing it on soccer pitches all over the world and they're showing you how this game has changed their life, how it's empowered them to do more, to be more," said Hamm.

The first-ever FIFA Women's Football Convention was held in Paris, from June 6—7.

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