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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

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Equality League secured 225,000 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 the international football federation meeting a coalition of activists to discuss the ban.

Read from Reuters: “FIFA to engage with Iran to lift ban on women in stadiums”

Read from Reuters: “FIFA urged by own rights body to give Iran deadline for allowing women into 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.

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