Human Rights Volunteer Roles to Return for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™
NNN: Pilot project successfully delivered at the FIFA Arab Cup 2021™ (www.FIFA.com) in collaboration with the Center for Sport and Human Rights; Volunteers engage with fans to learn about their experiences and ensure human rights programs are informed by real-time feedback; The application process for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Volunteer Program is still open
Following the success of the Human Rights Volunteers pilot project at the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021™, it has been confirmed that the role will be expanded for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
The pilot project at the tournament in November and December 2021 involved 12 human rights volunteers who were trained by the FIFA Human Rights team, with the support of civil society organizations working in the field of sport and human rights. This was the first time that the new concept of human rights volunteers had been implemented at a major sporting event.
At the FIFA Arab Cup, the 12 human rights volunteers carried out extensive outreach work, including interviewing more than 565 fans at 29 matches to learn about their experiences. The collected information was then passed on to the FIFA human rights team, who ensured follow-up in collaboration with the relevant FIFA functional areas and host country partners. Human rights volunteers also raised awareness of the FIFA World Cup grievance mechanism (https://bit.ly/3tX3U1A) at their fan engagements.
Among the diverse range of topics discussed, the necessary improvements in assistance services for people with reduced mobility between metro stations and stadiums were included; the need to improve measures to address the risks of bullying in congested areas outside of stadiums; and recommendations to introduce more privacy in prayer rooms in some stadiums.
Andreas Graf, FIFA Director of Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination, said: “We are delighted that the human rights volunteer project has helped us to improve in a very concrete way the protection of people attending the FIFA Arab Cup. . We learned a lot from the real-time information collected through the pilot, and the feedback from the volunteers themselves and external stakeholders who went along with the project was very positive.”
“We hope that the pilot will be followed by another successful delivery at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, when we will expand the initiative to include 96 human rights volunteers and ten team leaders. I would like to encourage anyone who is interested in this unique experience to register today. We are very much looking forward to welcoming a diverse and motivated group of volunteers.”
The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Volunteer Program was officially launched in March (https://fifa.fans/3Ozl3pP). Applications are still being accepted for a wide range of roles, including for human rights volunteers. Applicants can highlight their interest in this role by registering with the system.
Ojima Zechariah Wada, a 27-year-old doctoral student at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar who volunteered in the pilot project, also encouraged people to sign up.
He said: “This initiative is crucial for such a big sporting event. In fact, it must be a prerequisite. New and trained eyes dedicated to identifying human rights violations contribute greatly to the success of the competition.
“It is almost impossible for the organizers to actively monitor each individual. Therefore, having a group dedicated to this task is very advantageous. I enjoyed interacting with the fans more. Being able to see a major sporting event from the perspective of people from diverse backgrounds was fascinating. It was one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever been involved with, and I would recommend it to anyone.”
To carry out the human rights volunteer project, FIFA partnered with the Center for Sport and Human Rights, a global organization that promotes human rights in sport.
William Rook, Deputy Executive Director of the Center for Sport and Human Rights, said: “In piloting this initiative during the FIFA Arab Cup, it was notable that volunteers provided valuable feedback that was important in carrying out due diligence. due to human rights in real time. , and in identifying areas where organizers could make adjustments between matches.
“We are now pleased to be able to contribute to the training and support of human rights volunteers at the FIFA World Cup and develop a case study that will be valuable to future event organizers in many sports. Having a cohort of volunteers with human rights training interacting with fans, workers and security personnel around a stadium is a model to promote more broadly, and will further build and diversify the community of people involved in the stadium. sport and human rights.
If you are interested in applying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Volunteer Programme, please visit the dedicated portal on FIFA.com.
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