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Call for articles: FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019

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Call for articles: FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019

sportanddev will be covering the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 this summer, and we are looking for community contributions on the event. Get in on the action!

The eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup will take place in France from 7 June to 7 July. It has been a long road for women’s football to get to where it is today, and doubtless there is still a long road ahead before we reach gender equality in sport.

Recent times have seen a lot of positive progress made: record attendance at league matches, this year’s Women’s Super League champions Arsenal dropped “ladies” from the team name, Adidas is set to have equal pay bonuses for the World Cup winners.

However there is still a long way to go: the US team’s battle for equal pay, the controversy in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 over artificial turf, the difference in media treatment of male and female players, highlighted at the Ballon D’Or award.

sportanddev is looking for submissions around the 2019 World Cup – opinions, articles, and events. It can be specifically regarding women’s football, or gender equality in sport in general. You are free to choose your topic – as long as it is relevant, we would love to hear from you – but examples may include the role of the media, grassroots initiatives or feminism. Some questions to consider might be:

  • What is the progress being made towards gender equality in professional sports?
  • Where do we still need improvements? What form of change do we want to see?
  • How can organisations, communities, and individuals help eliminate gender inequality in sports and in society?

To submit content, please email badloe@sad.ch with your idea and to discuss the next steps. The coverage will continue through the duration of the tournament.

  • Submissions should be no longer than 500 words
  • If possible, please include a horizontally orientated picture with copyright information

sportanddev uses the term ‘FIFA Women’s World Cup’ for clarity and because it is the official name of the tournament. However, we are aware of the importance of language and the prevalence of gender marking in sport. The qualifier ‘Women’s’ often precedes the names of female sporting events, while their male equivalents are not preceded by ‘Men’s’. This contributes to the perception that women’s sport is secondary, and we would encourage the organisers of tournaments to consider how they name their events.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 09:17