This conference will take place in person in Rome, Italy on 8 November 2024. It is aimed at Equality Bodies, as well as, EU institutions, national authorities, and CSOs.
Sport plays a key role in social life and have the power to bring together people from a diverse background including races, gender and sexual orientation. Sport has an instrumental role to play in providing experience on the value of diversity, promoting inclusion and combating discrimination, harmful stereotypes and prejudice. Furthermore, sporting activities should also provide an important reflection of the European society in which children, young people and adults can feel represented in their full diversity.
There have been repeated racist incidents at sporting events and within sport generally across Europe, and many challenges related to discrimination against women, racial minorities and the LGBTIQ community. Likewise, the persistence of barriers to their participation in sport including prejudice and harmful stereotypes, calls EU institutions and Member States to step up their action towards more equal and diverse participation in the sport sector for racialised communities and women as well as LGBTIQ people.
At the European level, the legal and policy framework set a solid foundation for the strengthening the role of sport in the fight against discrimination. The EU have launched several equality strategies addressing inequalities and discrimination across all areas of life including sport. This is reinforced by further measures such as the Regulation (EU) 2021/817 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2021 establishing Erasmus+: the Union Programme for education and training, youth and sport, and European Parliament resolution of 8 March 2022 on the role of culture, education, media and sport in the fight against racism (2021/2057(INI)). The later specifically stresses and encourages further collaboration between the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Equality Bodies, CSOs and governments and right holders’ stakeholders affected by racism and discrimination.
So far, Equinet has not explored in depth the work of Equality Bodies in relation to the role of sport in fighting discrimination. Some Equality Bodies have experience addressing the issue and should be able to share good practices. Equinet can ensure that these practices and learning are shared with members throughout the network. Beyond this, it is important to discuss with relevant actors how Equality Bodies can cooperate with them to promote equality and tackle discrimination through sport issues.
This conference will bring together Equality Bodies and relevant institutions and organisations from across Europe to share good practices and develop their cooperation on promoting equality and tackling discrimination in sport.
For further information, contact Daris Lewis Recio (firstname.lastname@example.org).