ACT to end abuse in women’s football NOW

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Women and girls who play and coach football around the world are being abused, harassed and exploited. This must stop.

The #FearlessFootball campaign sends a clear message to those who run world football.

The accounts of serious sexual abuse shared by members of the Afghanistan Women’s National Football Team must be a wake-up call. Governing bodies in world football must act immediately so that women and girls around the world can play football in a safe environment, free from any harassment, coercion or abuse.

The crisis in Afghanistan is not an isolated case. The abuse of women and girls in football is an international problem and the current system is putting women and girls at serious risk.

That is why we are calling for all of football’s governing bodies to prevent the abuse of women and girls through proper safeguarding. For more detail on the urgent changes that need to be made, please read our Declaration of Principles here.

The #FearlessFootball petition, which promotes the Declaration of Principles, has already been signed by current and former professional players, together with leading figures in human rights and sport, including:

- HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein: Founder - AFDP Global

- Michelle Akers: Football Player - Former US International
- Dr Rimla Akhtar MBE : Member - English FA Council
- Eniola Aluko: Football Player - Former England International
- Yael Averbuch West: Football Player - Former US International
- Jonas Baer-Hoffman: Secretary General - FIFPro Europe
- Tanya Barron: CEO - Plan International UK
- Erin Blankenship: Co-founder – Equal Playing Field
- Enrique Bonilla: President - Liga MX
- Yann Borgstedt: Founder & President - The Womanity Foundation
- Jamie Carragher: Football Player - Former England International
- Romina Calatayud: Founder & CEO - Girls United Football Association
- JF Cecillon: CEO - AFDP Global
- Aleksander Čeferin: President - UEFA
- Katie Chapman: Football Player - Former England International
- Shimon Cohen: Chairman - The PR Office
- Kat Craig: Founder & CEO - Athlead UK
- Charles Davies: Football Player - Former US International
- Hesterine de Reus: Football Coach & Player - Former Netherlands International
- Moya Dodd: Football Executive & Player - Former Australia International
- Landon Donovan: Football Player - Former US International
- Claudio Echeverria: Head of Development - Cruzados
- Jim Ellis: Manager of Community Sport - Sport New Zealand
- Gustavo Favre: Former Member - FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee; Central Bank of Chile
- Mathieu Flamini: Football Player - Former French International
- Craig Foster: Football Player - Former Australia International
- Robbie Fowler: Football Player - Former England International
- David Gallop: CEO, Football Federation Australia
- Jürgen Griesbeck: Founder & CEO - streetfootballworld
- Mara Gubuan: Founder - Equality League
- Antonia Hagemann: CEO - SD Europe
- Mary Harvey: Football Executive & Player - Former US International
- Emma Hayes MBE: Football Manager - Chelsea Women
- Paul Hijazin: Trustee - AFDP Global
- Nancy Hogshead: Founder - Champion Women
- Gérard Houllier: Football Manager; AFDP Global Ambassador
- James Johnson: Senior Vice President, External Affairs - City Football Group
- Andrew Kamanga: President - Football Association of Zambia
- Harry Kewell: Football Player - Former Australia International
- Tashima Kohozo: President - Japan Football Association
- Pratik Kumar: Founder - Sashakt Foundation
- Kristine Lilly: Football Player - Former US International
- Kelly Lindsey: Football Manager - Afghanistan Women's National Football Team
- Lori Lindsey: Football Player - Former US International
- Emanuel Medeiros: CEO - Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA)
- Christopher Mihm: Managing Director for Strategic Issues - US Government Accountability Office
- Shabnam Mobarez: Football Player, Captain - Afghanistan Women's National Football Team
- Victor Montagliani: President - CONCACAF
- Carolina Morace: Football Coach & Player - Former Italian International
- Yuuichiro Nakajima: Member - FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee
- Kely Nascimento: President - Nascimento Foundation
- Heather O'Reilly: Football Player - Former US International
- Cristina Otero: Photographer & Artist - Photographer Image Campaign
- Cindy Parlow Cone: Football Player - Former US International
- Rick Parry: Football Consultant & Ex-Chief Executive - Liverpool FC
- Rajesh Patel: President - Fiji Football
- Vera Pauw: Football Coach & Player - Former Netherlands International
- Mike Penrose: Executive Director - UNICEF UK
- Robert Pires: Football Player - Train French International; AFDP Global Ambassador
- Khalida Popal: Football Manager & Player - Former Afghanistan International; Founder & Director - Girl Power Organization
- Hope Powell CBE: Football Coach & Player - Former England International
- Jawahir Roble: Referee - FA
- Ben Sadler: CEO - Alive and Kicking
- Louis Saha: Football Player - Former French International
- Lloyd Salmons: Marketing and Brand Consultant
- Rebecca Sauerbrunn: Football Player - US International
- Brendan Schwab: Executive Director - World Players Association
- Kelly Smith: Football Player - Former England International
- Rebecca Smith: Football Player - Train New Zealand International; Global Executive Director of the Women's Game - Copa90
- Ivančica Sudac: Head of International Affairs and Licensing - Croatian Football Federation
- Kimon Taliadoros: President, Football Federation Victoria.
- Ravy Truchot: Founder & President - FC Miami City Champions, US Champions Soccer Academy, International Center of European Football
- Sarah Van Vooren: Founder - Atoot
- Amanda Vandervort: Football Fan Engagement and Marketing Expert
- Marion Vayson de Pradenne: CFO - AFDP Global
- Tomaž Vesel: President - Slovenia Court of Auditors
- Rob Williams OBE: CEO - War Child
- Dato Windsor John: General Secretary - AFC
- Minky Worden: Director of Global Initiatives - Human Rights Watch
- John Wroe: Co-Founder & CEO - Street Child United
- Rachel Yankey OBE : Football Player - Former England International

Anyone who believes that women and girls should be able to express themselves through sport, in freedom and without fear, please take a moment to join us by adding your voice to this crucial petition.

For the petition in French, click here

For the petition in Spanish, click here

For the petition in Arabic, click here

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