Events will be held on issues including the participation and representation of women, homophobia and the involvement of ethnic minorities
7 October ~ Over 100,000 people across 50 countries will take part in football events to tackle discrimination and fight for inclusion throughout October. The Football Against Racism in Europe (Fare) network have launched their Football People action weeks, which will feature members of the movement holding events on issues including the participation and representation of women, homophobia, the involvement of ethnic minorities, challenging the far-right in football and the social inclusion of refugees.
In order to assist with grassroots action, Fare have awarded over 220 grants to groups which include refugee and asylum seeker aid organisations, women’s associations, ethnic minority groups, clubs and human rights NGOs. Among the events will be the involvement of women in football beyond the playing field and examples of how the game can contribute to the inclusion of ethnic minorities on and off the pitch.
Fare executive director Piara Powar said: “The Football People weeks are becoming a landmark in the international calendar for both professional and amateur football. The campaign is an open initiative, if you believe in the values of inclusion, tolerance and want to contribute to a better world through football join us by organising an event, sending us a message, sharing film on social media on issues that are relevant to you.”