By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
The 2021 SheFootball Conference will come up on the 6th of January 2021 at the SWAN Secretariat, National Stadium, Lagos. The 4th edition of the Conference is themed “Women’s Football Development Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic”. and will assemble leaders and notable speakers from the world of women’s football to discuss key issues around the development of women in football.
The SheFootball initiative is aimed at harnessing the power of women in football and also using various means to highlight the positive social impacts the game of football have on women and girls across Nigeria, Africa, and the world.
Speaking about the 2021 Edition, the convener of SheFootball Conference and former Super Falcons player Ayisat Yusuf-Aromire emphasised that the motive behind the conference is to engage women football Stakeholders to chart positive ways for the growth of the women’s game.
The former Super Falcons player also reiterated her commitment towards empowering women footballers to scale through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged the world for some time now.
“We plan to extend support to the young girls who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and in every possible way cushion the effects of this deadly virus”.
“There are plans to keep extending supports to grassroots women football clubs through our partnership with FARE Network, Puma, Monaliku and Hope to the Children Worldwide”.
“The negative impact the virus has had on women’s football is very high, and according to a survey done by FIFPRO, in about 62 countries, the unfolding impact of the pandemic on the women’s game shows wage cuts, job losses, and poor communication which is affecting women footballers in dozens of countries with recent gains towards gender equality”.
“This is perhaps the reason we have agreed to collaborate with grassroots football clubs and other stakeholders to accelerate the development of professional women’s football and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic”.
Guest speakers include Mrs. Beverly Agbakoba, Senior Associate & Head of Compliance, OAL, Ms. Tega Onajaife, Founder Ladies in Sports, Ms. Anthony Janine, BBC International Correspondent & Ms. Crystal Farota, President, Hope for the Children Worldwide, USA, under the Chairmanship of Hon. Mrs. Ayo Omidiran, former House Reps member.
Ayisat Yusuf-Aromire is a retired Nigerian women football player, who now lives in Finland. Yusuf played for several clubs in Nigeria and Finland and was a member of the Nigerian squad at the 2004 African Women’s Championship, 2007 Women’s World Cup, and the 2008 Summer Olympic.
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