Recently Football NSW hosted a very successful two-day Women in Football Forum in the lead up to the successful Westfield Matildas v Brazil series.
Special guest and keynote speaker at the Forum was FIFA’s Corporate Communications Manager, Ms Honey Thaljieh.
Ms Thaljieh is the co-founder of women’s football in Palestine, the first captain of the Palestinian national women’s football team and the first woman in the Middle East to obtain a FIFA Master and to be employed by FIFA.
Honey Thaljieh broke through all the social and political barriers and became a role model to women and girls throughout the Arab world.
Following a series of career-ending knee injuries, Honey directed her efforts to empower the next generation.
Today, Honey continues to be a poignant voice for empowerment and equality through sport.
As a Corporate Communications Manager for FIFA, Honey works to communicate the efforts made by FIFA in the areas of education and health, gender equality, life skills and peace initiatives through football.
Honey is also recognised as a Champion for Peace by the organisation Peace and Sport and serves as ambassador for several pro-social sports organisations.
She has spoken at many prestigious international organisations, including the United Nations, UNESCO, UNICEF, and TEDxZurich.
During her visit to Sydney, Honey sat down with Football NSW TV and told her inspirational story with the special video package below.
A full video of Honey’s keynote address will be available online shortly.