WISLaw meeting at the FIFA4Equality Conference in Zurich

 Our WISLaw Board Members Despina Mavromati, Melanie Schärer and Marisa Domingues Rubio

Our WISLaw Board Members Despina Mavromati, Melanie Schärer and Marisa Domingues Rubio

 The Captain  of the  Afghan  women's national   football   team Khalida Popal shared her fears, views and hopes for the future of Women's Football at the FIFA4Equality Conference on March 6

The Captain  of the Afghan women's national football team Khalida Popal shared her fears, views and hopes for the future of Women's Football at the FIFA4Equality Conference on March 6

Our WISLaw Board Members met at the FIFA4Equality Conference that took place at the FIFA Headquarters in Zurich on March 6. With the theme of “Making Equality a Reality”, FIFA’s third annual conference brought to Zurich some of the world’s strongest voices in the fight for a fair, non-discriminatory society. Representatives from different walks of life discussed the efforts carried out by football’s administration and identified the many steps that still need to be taken, particularly to close the existing gap between men and women.

Speaking at the event FIFA Secertary General Fatma Samoura said: “Diversity is the only way forward. Not only because morally it is the right thing to do, but because there is richness in it. The group of people in this conference today is a solid example of this. It is a beautiful representation of what the whole world should be and what football can and should represent. And for that we do not need words, but actions.”

Speaking at the event FIFA Secertary General Fatma Samoura said: “Diversity is the only way forward. Not only because morally it is the right thing to do, but because there is richness in it. The group of people in this conference today is a solid example of this. It is a beautiful representation of what the whole world should be and what football can and should represent. And for that we do not need words, but actions.”

Panelists included FIFA’s two female chief officers – Joyce Cook, for Member Associations, and Sarai Bareman, for Women’s Football as well as the former captain of the Afghan women’s national football team Khalida Popal, former Canada goalkeeper and UNICEF ambassador Karina LeBlanc, former Dutch international Clarence Seedorf and deputy director of UN Women Lakshmi Puri. You can find more information on what was discussed at this conference: http://fifa.pressfire.net/newsletter/newsletter?id=3936&html=1