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where we stand

We work hard to build support for a fairer, more equitable global sporting ecosystem, one that caters to everyone, regardless of who someone is, where they might come from, or what their background might be.

This page will help you understand how we define our mission and find out where we stand on important and topical issues relating to equality, diversity and equal opportunity in global sport.

what is equality?

Achieving equality is a broad strategic goal for many groups and organisations in and out of sport who are working to address systemic and structural inequities.

When we talk about equality at equitysport, we are referring to: 

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Autonomy refers to personal choice and agency, self-determination, and the freedom and capacity to make choices for yourself and your community in and through sport. 

 

Representation encompasses the right of all people to participate in sport, have a voice, feel empowered and influence how sport is organised; and to have accountability from those in positions of power.

Dignity in and through sport sees everyone treated with respect through non-hierarchical relationships based on common purpose, care and love.

Inclusion is best described as the valuing and celebration of difference within the global sporting ecosystem.

Social justice in the context of sport encompasses a balanced distribution of resources, facilities, opportunities and equitable access to funding. ​​

... but, wait, you're called equitysport

The difference between equality and equity matters!

 

Although both promote fairness, equality seeks to treat everyone the same, regardless of their needs; while equity seeks to treat people differently depending on their needs. Equity seeks to provide proportionate levels of support to different people and difference communities to counteract the inequities that are built into the systems and structures that govern sport and largely determine our access to opportunities.

 

Put simply, if equality is the end goal, equity is the means to get there; so our name, equitysport, is a nod in recognition that we haven't achieved equality yet, and that we still have work to do! 

our positions & statements

Our positions on both broad and specific issues are based first and foremost on the belief that all people are born equal in status and rights, in and out of sport. Within sport, we contend that equal rights, status and equal access to individual fulfilment are fundamental to any contemporary notion of sport existing for the common good.

For interviews or further comment, please contact the team via: hello@equitysport.org 

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position statement

SPORT & THE TRANS COMMUNITY

June 2022

equitysport confidently reaffirms its position on sport and the global transgender community

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MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR RUGBY

May 2022

equitysport Executive Director, Tim Harper reacts to World Rugby's bidding process.

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THREATS TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY

April 2022

equitysport responds to comments from FIFA World Cup official, Abdullah Al Nasari. 

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OFFICIAL UIAA GRIEVANCE 

April 2022

In collaboration with the Afrika Freedom Climbers, we have filed a grievance with the UIAA.

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UKRAINE CRISIS

February 2022

equitysport stands in full solidarity with the people of Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.

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PROPOSED FRENCH HIJAB BAN 

January 2022

A statement following the French Senate vote in favour of a proposed ban of the hijab in sport.

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RACISM IN CRICKET

November 2021

We are increasingly concerned by the numerous and disturbing reports of racism in English cricket.

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OLYMPISM 365

October 2021

We welcome the IOC Executive Board's decision to endorse the Olympism 365 strategy.

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ABUSE IN SPORT

October 2021

A statement re: high profile cases of abuse in sport across the world. Sport must do better. Sport must do more.

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AFRICAN RWC2023 QUALIFIERS

September 2021

A statement outlining our concerns re: Rugby Afrique's decision to host the African RWC qualifiers in France.

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STUMP OUT SEXISM

August 2021

We have made a statement of support for Stump Out Sexism and their gender equality campaign.

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PATRICK MOSTER

July 2021

We stand with the partners across the sporting world in calling for Patrick Moster's resignation.

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JULIUS SSEKITOLEKO

July 2021

We have made an appeal to the media to report on this story without prejudice or stereotyping.

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MBOMO & MASILINGI WITHDRAWAL

July 2021

An important statement on sex-testing regulations in the sport of athletics.

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POLITICAL NEUTRALITY

June 2021

We believe the time for ethics-laden window dressing from governing bodies in sport has long past.

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KIT DONATIONS IN SPORT

June 2021

It is our position that kit donations are not a sustainable nor effective mechanism to tackle inequality

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NAOMI OSAKA

May 2021

equitysport have made a short statement on Naomi Osaka's withdrawal from the French Open. 

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SOCIAL MEDIA & ABUSE

April 2021

equitysport have made a statement following the surge of athlete abuse on social media

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FIFA GLOBAL REPORT

March 2021

equitysport welcomes the publication of the new FIFA Global Competitive Balance Report yesterday.

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IOC & GENDER EQUALITY

March 2021

Comment from equitysport re: the misogynistic comments made by Tokyo 2020 President Mori.

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FIFPRO COVID-19 SURVEY

November 2020

equitysport welcomes the release of this important research into the impacts of COVID-19

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CWG & HUMAN RIGHTS

October 2020

equitysport welcomes the consensus statement on promoting human rights in and through sport.

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THE IHF RESPONSE

October 2020

The International Handball Federation have responded to the equitysport ongoing campaign.

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CASTER SEMENYA

September 2020

Statement in response to the ruling by the Swiss Supreme Court re: Caster Semenya earlier this week.

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WE STAND WITH LAMA

September 2020

A significant breakthrough has been made in the #WeStandWithLama campaign.

United Nations

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UN REPORT A/HRC/44/26

September 2020

Comment on United Nations Report: Intersection of Race and Gender Discrimination in Sport (2020)

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HUMMEL

July 2020

equitysport have made a statement re: hummel and their support of the Egyptian Handball Federation.