Sport respects your rights supported Europeans between 16 and 22 and intermediaries in sport organisations to develop self-confident behaviour against sexualized violence, gender harassment and abuse (SGHA) in sports through youth-led campaigns and local cross-sector networks.
1. Raising awareness about the occurrence of SGHA on all levels of the European sporting environment through direct education and sensitization of the target group and intermediaries, like multipliers or board members.
2. Enhancing the capacity of these groups through participatory processes, empowerment and peer-to-peer education to create a self-perpetuating, multiplying effect
3. Collaborating with other stakeholders (national/regional/local) from within and outside the sport environment to develop synergies and supporting structures for the sport sector
4. Promoting human and youth rights, sensitizing for different forms of discrimination and violence in sport, evoking critical reflection, activism and participation in the target group and sector
5. Fostering pro-active behavior on all levels of the European sport environment for a long-term change of cultures in the European sport environment
Supporting the implementation of the project and overcoming challenges (i.e. the demanding and sensitive project topic and the complex structure of the planned activities) through establishing intensive and constructive relationships between the different partners of the project and the steering group
Sport respects your rights was a transnational project, developed to fight abuse and gender-based violence in the youth sport sector.
It builts on the network and exchange of good practice initiated through the EU project Better, Safer, Stronger – Prevention of sexual and gender harassment and abuse in sports.
The project activities were based upon two main processes within each partner organisation
1. Bottom-up process: the education of multipliers and the creation of youth-led campaigns
A project coordinator from each of the 8 partner organisations and two local actors from 22 participating local sport clubs or youth were educated through two European Trainings to work with the youth sectors in their respective sport settings. Through local youth workshops each partner created youth-led campaigns developed by youth for youth. This participatory process aimed at both ownership of the project and identification with its aims through the active involvement of the target group. The focus was laid on raising awareness, installing and developing self-esteem, communicational skills, reflective and assertive behaviour and a general culture of respect in sport settings. Sport respects your rights focused on the capacity of multipliers and young Europeans at grass roots sport level to reflect, act and protect themselves against sexual abuse, violence and gender harassment.
The young people who created the campaigns sensitised further peers and intermediaries in their settings to build a culture of respect and integrity in and through sport.
2. Top-down process: building cross-sector networks to support the sport sector
Simultaneously, the partner organisations initiated national, regional or local multidisciplinary networks (“Round Tables”) involving diverse and relevant stakeholders from society. These aimed to find synergies and build supportive structures for the sport sector regarding the topic, address national and regional strategies to move the agenda forward and provide a platform for the dissemination of the youth-led campaigns. The Round Tables also investigated possibilities to keep the created network alive after the European funding had ceased.
Throughout the project, mentoring advice was available for the partner organisations and the participating local clubs.
- Structure of Sport respects your rights
“Sport respects your rights” is a vital part of changing cultures in sport. The project and its activities (trainings, workshops, youth-led campaigns) encouraged young people in sport to stand up for their rights and commit themselves for a culture of respect and integrity in sport. Furthermore, “Sport respects your rights” produced a vivid network of activities on European, national and local level.
The project raised awareness for the topic of SGHA in sports in an enormous scope, and activated young people by peer to peer education and involvement in youth-led campaigns.
The final conference brought together stakeholders from all levels (representatives of victim’s perspective, activities from grassroots level, coordinators, professionals, relevant political representatives) and connect these groups to the important insights of the need for a cultural change; the need for appropriate experiences of successfully working with youth on this important topic and the importance to install strong relations to the political sphere.
By personal, institutional and evaluation feedback, changes in the behaviour were observed, knowledge, awareness and attitude of the project stakeholders and the final target groups of the project, following the idea of a 'cascading programme’.
. Empower young Europeans (16-22 years old) in sports to combat sexualised violence and harassment
· Raise awareness on national and European level
· Enhance the capacity of volunteers and young Europeans, develop their skills
· Promote human/youth rights through sports by building a culture of respect for and amongst young people
· Foster pro-active behaviour, on all levels of the European sporting environment
The dissemination strategy of the project (through European meetings, trainings, best practice exchanges and national/local workshops and round tables) included the target groups. At the Final European Conference, the results and experiences of the project were disseminated (such as the Best Practice Manual) to participants from 16 countries, to international, national and local organizations from Europe.