Women's Football in South East and East Asia Conference
04. – 08. April 2017
Women’s Football in South East and East Asia
The U20 World Cup as a Push Forward?
The fact that Papua New Guinea hosted the FIFA’s U20 Women’s World Cup in 2016 was a great chance for women’s football in the region. But not everyone was happy to see a Women’s World Cup in this country due to safety concerns. What were the chances and dangers of having the event in Papua New Guinea? How was the situation for women and women’s football in South East Asia more generally? Has this event contributed to bring 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 invited 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 were to share experiences and bring together women from different backgrounds, to learn from each other and build a strong network. More specifically we wanted 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 wanted 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 invited experts on women’s football and women’s rights from both football organizations and international organizations as well as professional players. Our aim was also the evaluation of the World Cup with the help of these different voices and the development of 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?”