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UN Women’s collaboration with Fenerbahçe Sports Club aims to advance gender equality in and through sports, to eliminate gender stereotypes and transform harmful social norms in the sports ecosystem, to create an inclusive and safe environment for women and girls in sport and to encourage men and boys to become active allies in advancing gender equality by supporting UN Women’s HeForShe Movement.
This brief focuses on the impacts of COVID-19 on women and girls in sports in five areas—leadership, gender-based violence, economic opportunities, media participation and representation, and girls’ participation in sport—and presents key recommendations to different actors in the sport ecosystem to respond to the crisis with a gender perspective and recover better in terms of gender equality.
This brief provides background information on the root causes and risk factors that explain why violence against women occurs in the first place. It highlights how the context of COVID-19 is exacerbating those factors and the impact it is having on rates of violence against women and the ability to undertake evidence-based prevention work in the current context. It provides indicative interventions that can be undertaken during social distancing.