FIFA Ethics and Regulations Watch (FERW) strongly believes that FIFA should take stronger action to protect women’s rights in football.
Recently, there has been a number of sexual abuse cases in global sport in countries such as Britain, the USA, Brazil, Colombia, and, most of all, Afghanistan. The accounts included sexual violence, death threats, and rapes.
According to the president of the Jordanian Football Association and of the West Asian Football Federation, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein,
“In cases in the US and other countries, you find that officials are covering up for coaches, or staff who are conducting abuse. In this case, it’s the actual officials themselves.”
The Jordanian Prince also believes FIFA need to give greater financial backing to the women’s game as women in football face major challenges when it comes to accessing power.
Moreover, Prince Ali stated that that FIFA should not bundle the men’s and women’s World Cups together for sponsorship as they did in Canada, but sell them separately, to ensure the revenue that goes to women.
In light of this news, FERW calls on FIFA to take the measures suggested by Prince Ali bin Al Hussein to fight for women’s rights in football worldwide.
Furthermore, FERW calls on all football clubs and associations officials to abide by FIFA regulations and act in accordance with the FIFA Code of Ethics to prevent sexual harassment and protect women in sports.