The Australian Moya Dodd, one of only three women on Fifa’s executive committee, has been lobbying the reform committee to force a step change in the underrepresentation and under-resourcing of women’s #football as part of the reform process precipitated by the meltdown of the world governing body.
In the letter the Athlete Ally organisation has called on François Carrard, the head of Fifa’s reform committee, to introduce immediate measures to ensure that at least 30% of positions on the Fifa ex-co are held by women.
The first woman was not formally voted on to the Fifa executive committee until 2013, in Burundi’s Lydia Nsekera, when Dodd and Sonia Bien-Aime from Turks & Caicos were also co-opted. The letter recommends the 30% target be extended to all other roles within the game at all levels within a reasonable period of time.
“In the 111 years since Fifa was formed women are still vastly under-represented at every level of the world’s most loved game,” it said. “Although Fifa outlaws discrimination based on gender and is a recent signatory of the Brighton + Helsinki Declaration, only three of the 26 ExCo members are women; just two of 209 member association presidents are women, and women make up less than one percent of the voting population in the Fifa Congress. This is not Fair Play.”
More than 75 athletes, including Olympic medallists and footballers from England, Canada and the US, have backed calls for at least 30% of roles within Fifa’s executive committee to be filled by women.