KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) — The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) has announced the formation of an all-woman women's committee to spearhead the organisation of women's football in the region.
A statement from CFU has described the development as "the dawning of a new day" and the Committee as "the first of its kind in the history of football".
The new committee is chaired by Sonia Bien-Aime of the Turks & Caicos Islands, who is also a CFU Executive Committee Member.
"I have accepted this position with great enthusiasm," said Bien-Aime, the secretary of the Turks and Caicos Football Association (TCIFA) who was recently appointed to the CFU Finance Task Force.
"It will be my privilege to serve as Chairman on this Committee with a great panel of women that endeavours to make an incredible impact on Women's Football in the region.
Other committee members include Diana Claxton-Carty of Anguilla, Gwendolyn Salmon of Antigua & Barbuda, Jamaica's Elaine Walker-Brown, Trinidad and Tobago's Jinelle James, Bernadine Andrew of Grenada and Shequita Parson of Bermuda.
CFU says all committee members will be appointed for a period of four years and are actively involved in football at the local and national level.
The committee will assist in selecting the host associations for the final round of the CFU Women's U-17 Championship, CFU Women's U-19 Championship and other women's competitions.
"It takes revolutionary thinkers who are bold enough to appoint a Women's Committee such as this... the first of its kind to consist of all females," said Gordon Derrick, President of the (CFU).
"I am just elated that we have been able to find capable women in the region who can be given a fair opportunity to make a contribution to the development of football among girls and women."
The committee will also assist with the programme content for women's football conferences and courses and monitor the CFU Women's tournaments that serve as qualification tournaments for CONCACAF and FIFA.