International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Special Test Match Dedicated to Fight against Gender Violence

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014

Opening of the International test-match Georgia vs Japan
Photo: UN Women/Maka Gogaladze

On November 23rd Georgian Rugby Union hosted the match Georgia vs Japan at Mikheil Meskhi Stadium in Tbilisi. The match was dedicated to ending violence against women and girls. The Georgia National Rugby Team, who have been partnering with UN Women for over four years and supported UN Secretary General Unite to End Violence against omen Campaign, have expressed their Continuous support to the new UN Women solidarity movement for gender equality, HeForShe.

There were around 18,000 viewers at the opening, where school-girls and players from both teams sang the national anthems. Additional tenth of thousands viewers have an opportunity to see a live cast of the match. The Georgian National Rugby Player Lasha Lomidze was also awarded by UN Women for his fair-play as the Man of the Match.

Georgian National Rugby Team, the UN Women partner, has been supporting the Secretary General’s UNiTE to end violence against women campaign since 2011. In the frameworks of this campaign the rugby players dedicated several international matches to the fight against violence against women.