The VOICE Project
Voices for truth and dignity – combatting sexual violence in European Sport through the voices of those affected.
EHU Lead and project co-lead: Dr Mike Hartill
Coordinator: Cologne Sport University
Partners: University of Southern Denmark, University of Vic (Spain), Thomas More University (Belgium), University of Vienna (Austria), University of Debrecen (Hungary), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), ENGSO Youth, European Paralympic Committee, European Gay & Lesbian Sports Federation, European University Sport Association, NWG Network.
Funder: European Commission Erasmus+ programme
Project grant: €497,616
Period: January 2016 – June 2018
The VOICE project will generate crucial research data for the European sport community by listening to the voices of those that have been affected by sexual violence in sport. The resulting evidence-base will provide a platform for powerful knowledge-exchange opportunities and educational resources. The objective is to enhance the sports community’s capacity to combat sexual violence and strengthen integrity in sport.
Gender-based Violence in Sport
EHU Lead, UK country expert and core strategic team member: Dr Melanie Lang
Coordinator/contractor: Yellow Window
Funder: European Commission Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
Project grant: €200,000
Period: November 2015 – November 2016
This study represents the first attempt to better define and measure the scope of gender-based violence in professional and grassroots sports across all 28 EU Member States and comprises a consortium of researchers from across all EU Member State countries. The objectives of the project are to:
- Describe the current situation regarding gender-based violence in sport at elite and amateur level by mapping and collecting data in all EU Member States
- Provide an overview of existing and recommended measures and legal framework on this area
- Identify best practices in combatting gender-based violence in sporting environments
- Provide recommendations for policy-makers and relevant (sport) stakeholders in the area of gender-based violence in sport
Sport Respects Your Rights
Empowering young Europeans in sport for a culture of respect and integrity — against sexualised violence and gender harassment
EHU Lead: Dr Mike Hartill
Coordinator: SPORTUNION Austria
Partners: Campaign Against Homophobia in Poland, Dutch National Olympic Committee (NOC*NSF), German Sports Youth, Italian Federation of Exercise & Fitness, Austrian Athletics Federation
Funder: European Commission
Project grant: circa €500,000
Period: April 2013-March 2015
Sport respects your rights was a transnational project, developed to fight abuse and gender-based violence in the youth sport sector. The project ran for 24 months, funded in the priority area Empowerment work at grassroots level as the only sports project in the Daphne III Programme 2011/2012 of the European Union. View the short animation about the project created at Edge Hill.
Sport respects your rights supported Europeans aged 16 to 22 to develop self-confident behaviour against sexualised violence and harassment in sports. Young sportswomen and sportsmen were given the platform to develop their own youth-led campaigns through which they raised awareness amongst peers, in their sport environment and beyond.
This participatory process allowed the young people to become powerful multipliers and active agents of social change in their settings. Parallel to the educational youth work, each project partner developed a multi-sector network in order to create long-lasting synergies to fight violence and harassment in sport.
The project network produced a catalogue of good practice from the implementation at national level, as well as recommendations and an evaluation report. These findings were published as a 64-page brochure and presented at the end of conference. This includes a summary of Edge Hill’s contribution; you can download it here: Sport respects your rights publication – PDF download.
The final European conference took place on 26th & 27th February 2015 in Vienna, Austria (programme) at which Dr Hartill gave a keynote presentation. Delegates includes Professor Celia Brackenridge OBE, Yves Le Lostecque (Head of Sport Unit, Directorate General Education and Culture (DG EAC) European Commission), Duncan Craig (CEO Survivors Manchester), Colette Eden (Lead Welfare Officer at the Rugby Football League), Anne Tiivas (CEO Child Protection in Sport Unit), and Marja Routanen (Director of Human Dignity and Equality within the Directorate General of Democracy, Council of Europe).