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Ebru Köksal: We need to make sure opportunities are available and showcased to everybody

7 July 2020

Ebru Köksal: We need to make sure opportunities are available and showcased to everybody

Ebru Köksal, top right, speaking at the World Football Summit this week

The coronavirus pandemic has completely shaken up the football industry for both those working in it and football supporters across the world.

Women's leagues in particular, have been hit the hardest with many, including the domestic game here, being cancelled altogether.

Speaking at the week-long World Football Summit, which kicked off on Monday 6 July, a stellar panel including Women in Football chair Ebru Köksal, took part in the 'Women's Leaders' in Global Football' event.

"For decades, football was seen as a white male dominant industry and it wasn't normal for women and people of colour to be involved," said Ebru.

"We need to make sure opportunities are available and showcased to everybody.

"I didn't have a good support mechanism, I didn't have a mentor, I didn't have another women in the Board of Directors, I didn't have anyone to got to, I was all alone.

"It's so difficult to survive in that environment because everyone is trying to crush you. It's very hard to survive unless you have the support mechanisms, but also equally important is having self awareness in your leadership journey."

Ornella D. Bellia from FIFA added: "One of the lessons of Covid-19 is that more women leadership positions are needed to help deal with crisis situations.

'If you look at the countries with some of the best Covid-19 responses, they are countries lead by women. If you look at Germany, but also New Zealand, Iceland... These countries stood out for their prompt, efficient and effective response to the crisis."

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