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On 7 September 2007, ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007, FIFA and UNICEF joined forces to launch a new, official Goals for Girls! campaign to promote education, equality and rights for women and girls through the medium of sport and especially football. While the 16 best women’s national teams from all six confederations battled it out for the World Cup title in Chengdu, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Tianjin and Wuhan from 10 to 30 September, the event served as a perfect platform for the Goals for Girls! campaign to highlight how educating girls not only helps eliminate gender discrimination but also helps to solve many of the most serious problems their communities face. “FIFA is proud to join forces with UNICEF once again by dedicating one of its major events to this campaign and thus seeking to empower girls and narrow the gender gap,” said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. “FIFA’s long-standing partnership with UNICEF is founded on our two organisations’ shared goal to support the rights of children, especially those of girls. Football has an indispensable role to play as a tool for promoting integration, education and communication and, as such, it can help build a better future.”