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No matter who she is, no matter where she lives, we want her to be whoever she wants to be.

That’s the message from UNICEF, as it combines with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to use the power of sport to advocate for equality and to empower girls during the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020.

UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) works to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children across 190 countries and territories to help build a better world for all.

The ICC provides UNICEF a platform for fundraising to help bring positive change to women and girls and drive awareness for the work that UNICEF does as a global champion for children’s rights in cricket playing nations around the world.

During the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, to be played as a nationwide event across Australia from 21 February – 8 March, fans will have the opportunity to donate to help support a Sport for Development program in Sri Lanka, making a real difference for young girls.

Two greats of Australian cricket, Alex Blackwell and Rachael Haynes, are the Australian cricket ambassadors for the tournament.

Blackwell, a former Australian captain, is proud to give voice to the program and use sport as a force for good as the game’s best players gather in her home country.

“I think UNICEF does great work improving the lives of children all around the world, especially children who are more disadvantaged perhaps than what I was as a child,” she said.

“I’m really excited to see the program that UNICEF are doing in Sri Lanka.

“Cricket is a great game for anyone but young girls especially because it’s quite social, it’s a team sport and it doesn’t require any certain body type. I think anyone can play.

“If you’re tall, you’re short, you’re fast, you’re slow; it doesn’t really matter. I think you can find a place in a cricket team.”

The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will begin on Friday when Australia hosts India at the Sydney Showgrounds Stadium at 7pm.

Head to to donate now and help the future stars of women’s cricket across the world.

In December, the ICC announced it had extended its partnership with UNICEF through to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 with the focus on empowering women and girls through cricket.

About UNICEF
UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.

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