Australian and New Zealand Human Rights Commissions announce collaboration with FIFA for Women’s World Cup 2023

Australian and New Zealand Human Rights Commissions announce collaboration with FIFA for Women’s World Cup 2023

July 18, 2021

The two national human rights commissions along with FIFA will identify the human rights risks and opportunities associated with the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and make recommendations for prevention and response. 

As part of the collaboration, an in-depth engagement and consultation process with national and international stakeholders will be conducted by the three organisations over the coming months.

“The Australian Human Rights Commission has long recognised the role of sport in advancing the protection and promotion of human rights,” said Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins. 

“And while many benefit from major sporting events, we must also understand the human rights risks that are involved in delivering such complex and large-scale tournaments.” 

“The Australian Human Rights Commission is delighted to be partnering with FIFA and the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and welcomes the opportunity to ensure that human rights are embedded within the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.”  

FIFA Chief Social Responsibility and Education Officer Joyce Cook said: “Ensuring respect and protection of human rights, including safeguarding and child protection, is a strategic objective and priority for FIFA and a requirement for our hosts. 

“The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 is the first time that human rights requirements have been thoroughly embedded in the bidding phase and will be implemented together with host countries for a FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“We are delighted to partner with the two national human rights commissions in the next step of this process and look forward to engaging with stakeholders in Australia and New Zealand as part of the consultation process over the coming months.”

New Zealand Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero MNZM said using the lens of sport to bring focus to the human rights impacts of the business of sports was an innovative and progressive approach. 

“Te Kāhui Tika Tanga – the New Zealand Human Rights Commission – is thrilled to be part of this partnership to help highlight how a human rights approach can create a successful event for everyone and ensure a long-lasting legacy of human rights awareness in both countries,” Commissioner Tesoriero said.

The assessment will examine the potential human rights impacts of the next FIFA Women’s World Cup on players, spectators, workers and local communities in Australia and New Zealand, with a focus on the appropriate treatment of workers and volunteers, the inclusion, safety and wellbeing of players, workers, and spectators.

As part of that, the two Commissions will build on the extensive work conducted during the bidding phase for the tournament, including the human rights context assessment prepared by Griffith University.

The human rights risk assessment will be conducted using the framework outlined in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which is the authoritative global standard for addressing and preventing human rights impacts associated with business activity.  

The Australian and New Zealand Human Rights Commissions and FIFA will publish their findings and recommendations in a report to be released later in 2021.