The late UN General Secretary Kofi Annan said "Sports are the universal language... it can bring people together, no matter what their origin, background, religious beliefs or economic status." Through football, the Human Rights Cup will bring people together across boundaries, cultures and religions to promote peace, tolerance and understanding.
The Human Rights Cup's will host inspiring football teams from Africa in celebration of the 70th anniversary of U.N's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Seventy years after its adoption by the UN General Assembly, the values enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, are as relevant and timeless today. In the face of xenophobic populism, profiling on racial and religious grounds and attacks on human rights defenders this is an opportunity to reaffirm the universal values and enduring principles enshrined in the Declaration, mobilize people around the world, and take stock of human rights today.
With seven days to go until the Cup, the men's and women's teams from around the South Eastern parts of Africa have been training hard in preparation. For some teams, like the Matabeleland Women's team, this will be their first match together. At the moment, funding for transportation and equipment is needed to ensure full participation in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through football. The power of sport should not be underestimated, only empowered.