Past Event: Webinar: Athlete Activism & Freedom of Expression

Past Event

22 Jul 2020 4:00pm to 22 Jul 2020 5:00pm (CET)


High profile athletes have a long history of taking a stand to spotlight injustice and foster dialogue around issues of inequality and discrimination. As Black Lives Matter demonstrations continue to grow around the world, more athletes are speaking out. Athletes have taken to the streets and are standing together to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect, and equal opportunities for all.

An increasing number of sport organisations are finally making allowance for athletes to express their views and, in some instances, are admitting wrongdoing for not listening to players earlier. In this difficult time of COVID-19 and economic hardship, the world of sport has the unprecedented opportunity to acknowledge the critical roles athletes play, both as voices of social change and as advocates for needed reforms. This is a moment for dialogue on the importance of freedom of expression and how that fundamental human right is responsibly exercised in the world of sport. How should athletes and sports organisations navigate this complex issue? Where could all actors work together to find a new way forward?

This webinar features speakers from across the world of sport and human rights including:

  • Social Justice and WNBA Champion Renee Montgomery
  • Multiple Title Winning Footballer Anita Asante
  • FIFA Human Rights Manager Andreas Graf
  • Senior Legal Officer at ARTICLE19 Maria Luisa Stasi
  • CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation David Grevemberg
  • Moderated by Centre CEO Mary Harvey.

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