The Austrian Athletic Federation, partner organisation of “Sport respects your rights”, started a series in its periodical online-magazine, which is published 6-8 times per year.
Starting in December 2013 there will be reports about the project or the topic of sexual and gender harassment and abuse in sports in every issue.
The magazine has more than 1.800 subscribers and over 15.000 downloads per issue all over Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The first two reports are already online. Please click on the links below (German Language):
Link to issue December 2013:
Link to issue January 2014:
Jan Holze (Chairman of ENGSO Youth) and Rebekka Kemmler-Müller (Secretary General of ENGSO Youth), meet EU-Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou at the EU Sport Forum 2013
Close personal relationships often develop within sport. Whilst this is rightly considered a positive and enriching aspect of sport participation, it also represents an area of significant risk for sexual and gender harassment and abuse. To tackle this issue, ENGSO Youth concluded a program to raise awareness on prevention strategies against sexual and gender harassment and abuse in sports in 2013. Find details on the preparatory action project under the lead of Deutsche Sportjugend Safer, better, stronger – Prevention of sexual and gender harassment and abuse in sports under www.youth-sport.net/childprotection. The final recommendations call for a European Commissions support of a task force on sexual and gender harassment and abuse in sport to develop an evidence-based policy response for the implementation of prevention measures and to coordinate progress. The EU-Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou was informed about results of the Safer, better, stronger initiativeduring the EU Sport Forum in October 2013 and put a particular regard on the issue of sexual harassment and abuse in sports during the European conference on “Gender equality in sport” on 4th/5th of December 2013 (program and speakers at the conference: ec.europa.eu/sport/news/20131129_en.htm). Jan Holze, chair of ENGSO Youth said in Vilnius: „How to prevent harassment and abuse in sports? We need to work on answers to this question beyond national borders. That’s why we need the exchange between sport organization of different countries and international research – children and young people have the right to grow up without violence and discrimination. Sport leaders need to support and protect them.
Author: ENGSO Youth / www.youth-sport.net
Kick-Off Meeting of the European-wide project to empower and protect young people in sports from sexual harassment and abuse
Safeguarding children and youth is a responsibility that all actors within a society need to contribute towards. Everybody plays an important part when enabling children and young people to grow-up without discrimination, harassment and sexual abuse. Sport, as an important element within our culture and communities, and sports clubs, as central places for extracurricular activities and interpersonal encounters, need to address this topic and develop measures to ensure a safe and secure sporting environment for all individuals and groups.
Participants at the 1st European Training who will be working with 16-22 year olds in their organisations
440 young work-shop participants in six countries will be empowered to develop and create a youth-led campaign, by youth for youth. The campaign will be delivered by them towards peer-groups in their own sport clubs and at further events.