- The first meeting of the multi-stakeholder group on inclusion and anti-discrimination was held this week
- The organizers of Qatar 2022 reminded the institutions concerned of their commitment to diversity
- The members of the group bring together experts in the field of gender equality, the fight against racism, LDBTIQ + rights and the inclusion of people with disabilities.
At a meeting held on Monday between the organizers of the FIFA World Cup and various leading diversity institutions, the foundations of a process of engagement in favor of inclusion and anti-discrimination were piers, which will focus on informing and strengthening the measures taken by the organizers to make Qatar 2022 a fully inclusive competition. For the members of this multi-stakeholder group, this meeting was an opportunity to discover an overview of the sustainable development strategy of the competition as well as various measures that have already been taken. They were also able to share their initial thoughts and recommendations on the subject.
Among the initiatives that were discussed included anti-discrimination training for staff involved in the competition, a plan to detect discriminatory incidents in stadiums, measures to ensure accessibility of the competition, as well as mechanisms for reporting of human rights violations.
“The FIFA World Cup must be welcoming and inclusive, regardless of culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or other. We know that this competition cannot be fully inclusive only if we engage and collaborate with the different stakeholders who represent the wide range of communities that will benefit from these initiatives. We will need to integrate their perspectives and expertise into our work, “said Joyce Cook, Director of the Responsibility Division. social and education. “This first meeting was therefore essential, and we salute the commitment of this working group which will accompany us throughout this adventure.”
The members of the multi-stakeholder group represent, among others, the Fare network, the Center for Sport and Human Rights, the Center for Accessibility to Football in Europe (CAFE) and organizations such as Football Supporters Europe (FSE) and ILGA World. As part of a collaborative approach with its Qatari joint venture and local partners, FIFA will provide key stakeholders with regular information and promote dialogue, as well as address issues raised by experts.
This inaugural meeting follows discussions held last week between FIFA and a large LGBTIQ + discussion group brought together by the Fare network and comprising partner organizations from many countries, working at national, regional and international levels.