Towards Gender Equality as Brazil Approves Equal Pay for Women’s and Men’s National Football Team Players

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The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) has announced on Wednesday that the country’s women’s soccer team will receive the same pay as their men’s counterparts.

According to the CBF boss Rogério Caboclo, every football players representing Brazil, irrespective of the gender, will receive the same prize money, daily rates and bonuses when on international duty. The equal payment took effect from March 2020.

The decision of the CBF is historic, having in mind that many female footballers and activists have been fighting for gender equality in football, especially, in the area of equal pay.

 “Since March this year, the CBF has equalled the prize money and daily rates between men’s and women’s football. That’s to say, the players earn the same as those who are called up [to the national team],” Caboclo announced.

He went further to assure that there would be no more gender-based discrimination in pay in Brazil football federation.  

“Women will receive the same daily rate as those who already receive them. The women’s team that wins or progresses through the stages at next year’s Olympic Games will receive the same as the men. What the men will receive at the next World Cup (2022) will be proportionately equal to what is proposed by FIFA. There is no more gender difference.”

The Brazil women’s team, which has featured in all the female world cup, has been a force to reckon with in the female football. It is one of the strongest teams to beat. Although the team failed to reach up to expectations in the 2019 world cup, having been knocked out in the Round of 16, it played the World Cup final in 2007.

Apart from Brazil, other countries like New Zealand, Australia and Norway are vigorously working towards a uniform pay for both male and female footballers. The protest against gender discrimination in football has been loud in the USA as well. The USA women’s football team, four times world champion, is arguably the best in the world. After winning their latest 2019 World Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) mounted a legal fight for equal pay as their male counterparts, pointing out that they were paid less than the men’s national team. Sadly, the case was dismissed by a federal judge in May. The dismissal has hardly killed the determination of the USWNT to fight for their rights.

Now that Brazil is leading the way in bridging the gender gap in football, let us hope other countries will borrow a leaf from the South American country and do the right thing. It is the right of women footballers to be paid the same as their men counterparts, not a privilege. That’s what fairness in football is all about. FIFA: For the Game. For the World.