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Ending discrimination against women in sport

PACE said there was an urgent need to prevent gender-based violence, sexism, discrimination and gender stereotypes in the world of sport, promote gender equality, invest in sport for all, and put an end to the invisibility of women and girls in this field.

In adopting a resolution, based on the report by Edite Estrela (Portugal, SOC), PACE underlined that inequalities in pay, treatment, access and status between women and men were still common in both professional and non-professional sport, and that women were poorly represented in decision-making bodies.

PACE called on member States to take measures to prevent violence against women and girls in sport – including in schools and sports organisations – support victims and prosecute perpetrators. It condemned hate speech and sexism directed at female athletes, including LBTI athletes, and called on States to prevent and combat harassment of LBTI athletes, and to abolish discriminatory policies against them.

States should ensure full and equal access to the practice of sport to all women, and allow transgender and intersex athletes to compete in sports competitions consistent with their gender identity, says the adopted text.

The parliamentarians also advocated investing in the development of sport for all and considering it as a means of integration and emancipation.

Finally, the Parliamentary Assembly fully supported the continuation of the joint Council of Europe and European Union “All in:Towards gender balance in sport” project.