UN Women has appointed cultural agency On the One to host and curate a series of events in which they amplify voices for change in gender equality at a grassroots level.
The quarterly series, entitled Active Listening, will focus on topics like football and music, considering their ability to create safer spaces for women in line with the UN Women’s global mission to end violence against women and girls.
Hosted at the Spitalfields location of member's club, Second Home, the first event in the series is called: Game Plan: Can Football Lead the Way in Gender Equality. The event will unite those working at UN Women with those shaping change in football, including Felicia Pennant of SEASON zine and podcast; Lewes FC equality campaign manager, Karen Dobres; and Romance FC player Amina Khan.
The event will be led by On the One account manager, Elles Pinfold. She said: "Football is the most widely watched and played sport in the UK and the world, and after an undeniably pivotal summer of sport it feels like there’s still plenty of work to do in ways the beautiful game can shift the dial further creating more opportunities for women, striving for equal pay and ensuring safe and inclusive environments for fans and players alike."
The first Active Listening event will be chaired by UN Women UK executive director Claire Barnett and will address all of these challenges, signposting tangible goals and outputs that ladder up to bigger change.
Tickets for the event are free and can be booked via Eventbrite. The first event is taking place on October 9.