FIFA to “expand” human rights and anti-discrimination work “across the global game”, major conference told

  • FIFA to reinforce human rights and anti-discrimination policies through closer MA collaboration
  • FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ part of drive to “promote social change and celebrate diversity”
  • FIFA’s Head of Human Rights & Anti-Discrimination speaking at Fare conference in Lisbon, Portugal

FIFA will work ever more closely with its Member Associations to “promote social change and celebrate diversity”, notably at the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™, FIFA’s Head of Human Rights & Anti-Discrimination has told a major conference.

Attending The Equality and Inclusion in Football Conference 2023 organised by the Fare network in Lisbon, Andreas Graf presented FIFA’s human rights journey, and highlighted the fact that the work undertaken in the past merely provides the foundation for further efforts that will be made hand-in-hand with its 211 members in the future.

“We have a strong basis for this work now and will further expand our activities to work more closely with Member Associations to mainstream human rights and anti-discrimination policies across the global game,” he told attendees at the start of the second day of the two-day conference, which covered various themes from tackling antisemitism and online hate speech to intersex and trans inclusion and refugee integration through football.

“We are also working more and more strategically to use the platform of our events to promote social change and celebrate diversity.”

That is already being put into practice ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ with the appointment of a six-member cultural panel to ensure First Nations and Tangata Whenua voices inform cultural engagement initiatives for the tournament.