Supported by the World Health Organization, in August FIFA launched the #ReachOut mental health awareness campaign, using football’s power and reach to raise awareness of this pressing social issue. Throughout the process – which ran until November to coincide with World Mental Health Day – FIFA worked closely with external human rights experts and stakeholders.
In December, a working group of para-football experts was established to consider steps to raise awareness of thesport and provide additional guidance to FIFA’s 211 member associations on how to help grow disability football more globally.
Finally, the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Department assisted FIFA’s People & Culture team in a review of the latter’s recruitment processes, in keeping with FIFA’s pledge as an equal opportunity employer. This led to the establishment of an LGBTIQ+ staff network and the flying of the rainbow flag at the Home of FIFA to celebrate the Pride movement for the first time in its history.