Women’s Football in South East and East Asia 
The U20 World Cup as a Push Forward?

The fact that Papua New Guinea will host FIFA’s U20 Women’s World Cup this year is a great chance for women’s football in the region. But not everyone is happy to see a Women’s World Cup in this country due to safety concerns. What are the chances and dangers of having the event in Papua New Guinea? How is the situation for women and women’s football in South East Asia more generally? Will this event contribute to bringing more attention to women’s football? How can women’s football be used to fight for women’s and girls’ rights? Which barriers are there to overcome?

In order to discuss these and more questions we invite women active in female football and/or women's rights from South East and East-Asian countries to Berlin. The main goals of the event are to share experiences and bring together women from different backgrounds, to learn from each other and build a strong network. More specifically we want to evaluate the effects of sports mega events for women’s rights more generally and of this particular World Cup for women and girls in the region.

We would like to bring together human rights activists, players of both competitive and grass roots level, organisers of the World Cup from countries the region (e.g. Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, North Korea, East Timor, China, Mongolia, India). Moreover we will invite experts on women’s football and women’s rights from both football organizations and international organizations as well as professional players. We aim at evaluating the World Cup with the help of these different voices and develop ideas and strategies for women’s football in the region.

DISCOVER FOOTBALL published the results of the conference in an Impact Paper afterwards: “The 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea: A Push Forward for Women’s Football and Women’s Rights?”