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For women in many parts of the world, a range of tangible practices can mean a level playing field.
Players in Latin America have clear political, cultural and even historical challenges when it comes to soccer and sport as a whole. They strive to close gender gaps completely differently than their challenge to a high profile squad, such as the team defending the team and the fight for equity pay.
But with the World Cup of Women coming closer to their game, Latin American women are paying more attention to their difficulties and are beginning to see at least incremental results.
Isabella Echeverri and Melissa Ortiz began many of the actions of players fighting for equity in the US, Australia and other countries earlier this year to address some of the issues facing partners on the national team of Colombian women. He got a draw when players from the national team of men, who went to World Cup last year in Russia, confirmed their support for the effort.
The two were encouraged to act when players stopped the $ 20 payment per day they received for practice sessions, and other movements at the federation. Separate allegations of sexual harassment of staff under 17 years of Colombia emerged later.
"He came to a point when the two of us were like, unlike us, though, and if not, when?" Ortiz said to the Associated Press.
The recent announcement that the professional league of women in Colombia would continue, despite the demise of the league, was successful in winning players. Many of the national team players are part of the pro-league, not yet playing. Colombia went to the Women's World Cup in 2015 and in the 2016 Olympic Games but the team did not make the field for the competition which will open next month in France.
"We have different fights," said Camila Garcia, co-founder of Chile's women's players association and board member for FifPro, the international player's union, about women's football in Latin America. "When you see that most of these elite teams have collective bargaining agreements that we can dream of, we cannot negotiate. We cannot be at the rank. Step, raise our voice, what we need to do. say, and try to learn how we can develop women's football. "
Argentina recently announced the award of professional status to its women's league. Previously, players were considered amateurs clubs, which is popular all over the world.
At least eight players in all 16 Argentina teams must have pro-contracts. The Argentine soccer federation will kick-start $ 600,000 to help boost salaries.
The move follows that Macarena Sánchez took legal action against his former club staff and the federation wanted to be recognized as a professional.
The Argentine national team, who went on strike in 2017 after the end of daily prizes of around $ 10, will play in the World Cup this summer for the first time in 12 years.
Brenda Elsey, associate professor at Hofstra University and co-author of the book "Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America, said," that some of the progress made can be linked to the rise of women's rights movements in Latin America. .
"A situation, it is better in terms of being fairly organized, they have a social media audience who really support them," Elsey said. "Links with the feminist movement did not have before. It is a great thing this is, I think, and it could be discouraging to the Ni Una Menos dynamism, and the feminist movement in Latin America is D ' the idea of feminism changed, and there are many other things like women's sports, so, in my opinion, they are better shaped to challenge that patriarchal structure. ”
In a friendship between Puerto Rico and Argentina last August, Puerto Rican players stopped after a kickoff, they gathered together and expressed their ears in a sign indicating that their complaints were not heard about the funding of d & # 39; women's team. Some players claimed that they had never been paid for qualifying World Cup matches.
Some of the players took the hashtag #fromnowon as a video quickly spread on their protest on social media.
"We're just trying the basics now," said Nicole Rodriguez, Puerto Rico midfielder. "Like untapped parks, which are not the second choice clubs. We need friendly games so that we can continue to improve our FIFA classification and prepare adequately. And camps, like four. So, yes, it would be truly awesome that you would be paid, but now our focus is to be able to continue our development and the respect we deserve. "
The US national women's team tried to pay high wages to a federal court earlier this year, alleging gender discrimination in a law filed against the US Federal Federation. US staff are among a number of national teams, including those for Australia, Norway and Denmark, who have publicly fought for better pay and playing conditions.
But these teams come from richer federations with a political will.
FIFA, an international soccer governing body, released its final ambitious strategy to grow women's soccer. Sarai Bareman, women's chief football officer, FIFA, said that one of the goals was to promote and commercialize the women's game, which she hopes will show soccer-like federations in Latin America that soccer is growing. of women.
The World Cup, she said, is a great platform to drive that point home.
"I firmly believe that many of the issues that exist, particularly in developing countries, if we can commercialize the women's game at the top, can start many of these challenges and obstacles further. T developing countries too, "she said." So we have a big focus, especially this summer in France, on promoting, proactively communicating and raising the profile of our players, and so much. we can make eye on these games. "
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