Two women?s soccer teams from the African Union?s NEPAD Agency and the German Development Agency (GIZ), will clash this afternoon in a special soccer tournmanement aimed at raising awareness of Gender issues.

Former Banyana Banyana star, Keneilwe Mathibela will be at hand to give the women support, in the amateur game which will kick off at?14:00?at the CSIR sports field in Pretoria.

This is the second time the two teams will meet in a match that was first played last?August 9, to mark National Women?s month.

The aim of the tournament in addition to enhancing the partnership between GIZ and NEPAD is to highlight the important work the two organisations are doing to promote women?s empowerment.

Among the several interventions and programmes NEPAD?s involved in, is support through the Gender?Spanish Fund which promotes women?s empowerment via partner-led projects in west and southern African regional economic groups, ECOWAS and COMESA regional groups.

On behalf of the German Government, GIZ has been supporting the NEPAD in implementing its agricultural programme CAADP, since 2007. The emphasis of GIZ?s support is on policy advice, agricultural training and on adapting agriculture to the consequences of climate change. Other support to NEPAD is for infrastructure, both development aspects that have a bearing on women?s uplifting

The two teams will compete for a trophy in a match that will be attended by staff from organisations, friends and family as well as the media.

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