CAF Safeguarding gains momentum with awareness initiatives during AFCON 2023!

As the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) continues driving towards CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe’s bold vision of making African football globally competitive and self-sustaining, CAF’s various divisions continue to make significant progress to this effect.

As part of creating a safe and secure environment for African football to thrive and develop, CAF in 2022 launched the CAF Safeguarding Programme – a uniquely designed initiative by the governing body of African footabll to establish safe and secure environments across Africa for football development.

Since then, CAF has witnessed significant improvement in awareness thanks to the various CAF workshops conducted across the continent, as well as the appointment of CAF Safeguarding Focal Points in each of its 54 Member Associations.

The recently concluded TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Cote d’Ivoire 2023, which broke all previous records also saw a significant rise in the awareness generated for CAF Safeguarding Programmes.

During the month-long competition in Cote d’Ivoire, CAF further raised awareness about its various Safeguarding measures and programmes on the sidelines of the competition through on the ground workshops and presentations.

The awareness drive was tailor-made for the competition’s various functional areas to ensure that they are fully equipped with CAF Safeguarding Measures as follows:

Teams: Implemented MODERATION (Preventive measures against Cyberbullying) in collaboration with CAF Digital Team with “Meta” for all participating teams, alongside conducting workshops for digital officers representing each team.

Volunteers: Organized dedicated workshops for volunteer team leaders, who have successfully completed the FIFA Safeguarding 1st course.

General Coordinators & Assistant General Coordinators: Integrated safeguarding into the PowerPoint presentations delivered to General Coordinators (GCs) and Assistant General Coordinators (AGCs) during the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON 2023 final tournament.

Workforce: Addressed safeguarding within the PowerPoint presentations delivered to the workforce across all tournament venues.

Through the above, CAF reached all 24 of the Participating Member Associations (Teams), more than 10 000 volunteers as well as 400 members of the TotalEnergies CAF AFCON 2023 Workforce comprising of men and women from across Africa.

Lauding the significant growth in awareness of the programme, CAF Member Associations Director, Sarah Mukuna said the recently concluded TotalEnergies CAF AFCON presented the ideal platform for CAF to further widen its reach in communicating its Safeguarding programme.

“The TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations presented a perfect platform for CAF to widen its reach of the CAF Safeguarding Programme. CAF’s line of communication has always been with the Member Associations but thanks to the platform provided by the AFCON, we were able to further widen our communication to the competition’s volunteers and workforce who also play a crucial role in football within their respective countries”, said Mukuna.

The CAF Member Associations division continues to roll out impactful programmes and initiatives designed to complement the ever-growing standard of football in Africa.

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