Safe Sport Act
Equality League supported Champion Women in securing passage of the U.S. Safe Sport Act in 2018, enhancing protections for millions of children from sexual abuse in sport, by securing 137,000 petition signatories in support of the act. We are developing research and campaigns to support implementation.
Read a New York Times op-ed by Equality League Athlete Advocate Jessica Howard: USA Gymnastics must upend the twisted culture that enabled a sexual predator. Here’s what needs to change…
HBO and The Tale
To drive public awareness of new Safe Sport Act safeguards for children against sexual assault, Equality League partnered with HBO and The Tale movie on a social impact campaign, and co-hosted an all-survivor talk-back featuring Writer/Director Jennifer Fox and Equality League Board members Nancy Hogshead-Makar and Elizabeth Blackney.
Read an espnW article covering the event: HBO’s ‘The Tale’ truthfully depicts victim grappling with sexual abuse at the hands of a coach
Equality League secured 238,418 signatures for an Iranian activist’s #NoBan4Women petition to repeal a ban that prevents Iran’s 41 million women from entering stadiums to watch men’s football matches. International and social media attention coupled with outreach to FIFA resulted in our Iranian activist-colleagues meeting the secretary general in November 2018 and FIFA President Infantino writing Iran football federation in June 2019 demanding a stop to the ban.
Read from Reuters: “FIFA to engage with Iran to lift ban on women in stadiums”
Equality League Youth Council
Equality League developed a council of youth athletes to help guide its work to advance child safety in sport. Youth council members are involved in competitive sports leagues, and Equality League provides them with programs to build their advocacy and communications skills and opportunities to apply their skills in developing social media campaigns.
At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal
As social impact partner with HBO and leading sexual abuse and sexual violence organizations, Equality League contributed “The Elizabeth Blackney Protocols for Journalism and Survivorship” as a resource that centers and uplifts survivors while minimizing re-traumatization.
Equality League co-designed the #FearlessFootball campaign for the safety and integrity of women and football worldwide - calling for the implementation of protections by football entities. Prince Ali of Jordan introduced the initiative on July 3, 2019, in response to the sexual abuse suffered by Afghanistan Women’s National Team members by their federation president and staff members.