The Australian Human Rights Commission is partnering with FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and the New Zealand Human Rights Commission (NZHRC) to conduct a human rights risk assessment for the FIFA Women's World Cup which will be held in Australia and New Zealand in 2023. The mega sporting event will be jointly delivered by FIFA, the Australian and New Zealand governments and host cities, and the local operating entities of FIFA.
This assessment aims to identify, jointly with relevant national and international stakeholders, the human rights risks and opportunities associated with the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and make recommendations for prevention and response.
This human rights risk assessment will be conducted using the framework outlined in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, an authoritative global standard for addressing and preventing human rights impacts associated with business activity.
Broadly, the assessment will cover the potential impacts of the Women’s World Cup on players, spectators, workers and local communities in Australia and New Zealand.
The Commission will conduct the assessment jointly with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission through a combination of the following:
- desktop review and research
- consultations with stakeholders in both Australia and New Zealand
- online submissions via the Commission’s website.
The Australian and New Zealand Human Rights Commissions will publish their findings and recommendations in a report to be released later in 2021.
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