The AsianFootballConfederation(AFC)haveannouncedtoday(9January)anamendmenttothecompositionofits ExecutiveCommittee(ExCo),which,amongotherreforms,seesthenumberoffemalemembersincreaseto20%,from4outof24members,to5outof25.
An AFC statement read: “There is also a corresponding amendment to the composition of the AFC Executive Committee, resulting in an increase in the number of AFC female Executive Committee Members from four to five, and the conversion of the AFC female Vice-Presidency into the role of AFC Vice President for the new fifth zone.
“As a result, and as of the next AFC elections, a fifth of the AFC Executive Committee will be occupied by female members, representing a new benchmark for football and illustrating the AFC’s continued commitment to improving its governance.”
The reform of the AFC statutes was adopted today at the Confederation’s Extraordinary Congress, in Melbourne, Australia, on the morning of the opening match of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015. But, the outcome was anticipated last night by the AFC Vice-President and FIFA ExCo member Moya Dodd on social media.
On her Facebook page, Dodd wrote: “While there will no longer be a designated female Vice President in AFC, this package of amendments means that there will be an additional woman at the AFC ExCo table, and the proportion of women will increase from 4 out of 24, to 5 out of 25.
“AFC will be the first international football governing body to mandate fully 20% of its ExCo membership as female. This is a new benchmark in gender equity for football governance.
“Women can, of course, stand for any of the zonal Vice President positions and I would hope that in time we will see women elected to such roles. I have been privileged to be the first female Vice President of AFC, but I hope I am not the last.
The AFC Vice-President added that the promotion of gender balance is not only a “women issue- it’s a football issue”.
“Diversity at board level produces better decision-making, and in the historically male world of football boardrooms, improved gender balance is an obvious improvement that will benefit the entire game.” she added.