Cape Town, South Africa — August 8, 2022 — The Highbury Foundation is taking another step forward in amplifying the importance of South Africa’s National Women’s Day celebration by endorsing the African Renaissance and Diaspora Network’s Red Card campaign aimed to abolish violence and discrimination against young women and girls worldwide.
In collaboration with UN Women, UNDP Africa Bureau, UNFPA, FIFA and the Presidential Council for Africa of the French Republic, the African Renaissance and Diaspora Network (ARDN), an official advocacy and marketing partner of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, launched this global initiative at the conclusion of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“The mission of ARDN is to utilize art, sport and culture as advocacy mechanisms to promote various activations in support of the UN SDG’s.”, said Richard Gant, famed Hollywood actor and Chairperson for ARDN’s Art, Sport and Culture committee.
“Over the past couple of years, ARDN has had the privilege of aligning itself with like minded organizations willing to put in the work to make a difference in the world.”, continued Gant.
“Knowing the significance of South Africa’s Women’s Day, commemorating the 1956 march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria where thousands of mothers, daughters, sisters and friends came together to initiate change — it is without question, having the Highbury Foundation endorse ARDN’s Red Card campaign on this momentous occasion is a tremendous gesture to honor the past, while encouraging the future.”
The Highbury Foundation women’s day celebration will feature a five-a-side women’s football tournament along with other recreational activities and demonstrations.
“Highbury Foundation’s Women’s Day event promoting and celebrating women, along with the women’s football tournament provides a perfect opportunity to support the ARDN’s Red Card campaign.”, said William Newman, subcommittee member of the Highbury Foundation.
“It really drives home the message of no discrimination and violence against women and girls. The foundation commends the great work being done by ARDN and are indeed delighted to be supporting the Red Card campaign.”, mentioned Newman.
“We look forward to the start of the day where all will be showcasing their Red Cards giving the boot to unfair treatment of women.”
The Highbury Foundation asks your support in signing the pledge at www.redcardpledge.org
ABOUT HIGHBURY FOUNDATION:
The Highbury Foundation is an association of persons who desire to work towards the establishment and improvement of facilities and services, and community cohesion projects in the designated areas of Highbury, Highbury Par, Danarand and Stellendale and to engage with matters of public importance and its effect on the areas served especially in matters of by-law compliance and local government service delivery.
Established as an informal association in the 1990s, ARDN is currently an internationally operating United States 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit Public Charity, based in New York.
ARDN’s methodology revolves around supporting and furthering the sustainable development processes of the United Nations as they relate to Africa and the African Diaspora, with emphasis on the Sustainable Development Goals. ARDN mobilizes the passion of government, educators, artists, intellectuals, the private sector, civil society and youth, using the power of art, sport and culture as vectors for achieving these important benchmarks that have been discussed and agreed upon by governments throughout the world.
ABOUT ARDN RED CARD PLEDGE:
In the game of soccer, a red card symbolizes a significant infraction of the rules. The ARDN Red Card Campaign seeks to mobilize individuals, from all sectors of society, to commit to giving a red card to all forms of discrimination and violence against women and girls.
Sign the Red Card Pledge at www.redcardpledge.org