Sexism a problem in football

Sexism appears to be hampering the further development of women’s football in the region.

Sonia Bien-Aime
Sonia Bien-Aime

That was the suggestion today from Sonia Bien-Aime, executive committee member of both CONCACAF and FIFA, during her participation in a discussion entitled The Home Of Women’s Football at the Soccerex Americas Forum at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

She told the audience on the final day of the two-day forum that although many strides had been made in women’s football, there were still gender problems and male attitudes were an issue. She said there were some men in major positions in football who were still living in the dark ages.

Bien-Aime said while FIFA had instituted particular mandates with respect to women’s football, inclusive of funding allocations, there were still issues related to how these funds were applied to the women’s game. Invariably, she suggested, male attitudes were at the centre of this problem.

“I have no idea where women’s football development would be in this region if FIFA hadn’t made it mandatory. And I think if we all want to be honest with ourselves, and I am saying this because in a lot of the member associations we have men there as leaders who make the decisions . . . I would say they help but not as much as they should. We do have men that help. I can’t say it is a large number committed to women’s development football, but we also have a lot of them still stuck in the dark ages,” she stressed.

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