Good luck to all the teams taking part in the FIFA Women's World Cup in France. The world is ready to watch a wonderful tournament with great performances.
This is an opportune moment to highlight the need for more attention, resources and actions promoting female leadership and gender parity at all levels of decision making.
Gender Concerns International fully endorses the statement made by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women that "[f]ootball is the most widely played and watched sport in the world. If its governing body promotes women’s empowerment – through its policies, actions, partnerships and in its biggest tournaments – it can have a massive impact on advancing gender equality, both in the world of sport and beyond."
The focus of Gender Concerns International on increasing inclusive governing and decision making is in synergy with the UN’s support of female empowerment and leadership within FIFA and other sports organizations, and is part of a mutual commitment to global gender equality within the framework of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.