Sometimes quotas are the only way

Quotas are not as good as a well-functioning merits system.  But sometimes, they are the only way to create diversity in any meaningful timeframe.  In football, I doubt any woman would be in the governing boards at international level but for the quotas.  I was a quota in Fifa, and I am one in AFC.

However, when quota positions are created, it’s important to look at how the selection is done.  The quota position should be selected by the people who they are to represent. Currently that’s a weakness in the Fifa voting system— around one per cent of voting presidents globally are female.  That means that the women elected to Fifa are elected almost entirely by men.  We need to pay more attention to ensure that women can actually vote.

Read more: Diversity roadmap – Former Fifa ExCo member Moya Dodd: ‘Sometimes quotas are the only way’.