Working To Put Human Rights Into Sport: Geneva Human Rights Forum 2023
PUTTING HUMAN RIGHTS INTO SPORT: GENEVA HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM 2023
Former Olympic swimmer Nikki Dryden is working with Sport Integrity Australia to put human rights and protections at the forefront of sports across all levels.
Dryden, the agency’s Human Rights Advisor and Centre for Sport and Human Rights co-chair, attended and spoke at the Centre for Sport and Human Rights Sporting Chance Forum 2023 last week in Geneva, Switzerland. The three-day conference coincided with the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Sport Integrity Australia’s commitment
Ms Dryden says that Sport Integrity Australia’s National Integrity Framework and Safeguarding in Sport Continuous Improvement Programs are a big step in the right direction to protecting the rights of athletes.
“Violations of human rights are a threat to sport integrity and the National Integrity Framework's Child and Young People Safeguarding policy and Member Protection policy both prohibit conduct based on the rights of children and discrimination based on race, sex, religion and other human rights,” Ms Dryden said.
“The next step is for Australian sports to adopt human rights frameworks that embrace human rights throughout their organisations and ensure that human rights are embedded across all the activities of sport in Australia.”
The Sporting Chance Forum 2023
Sport Integrity Australia’s Advisory Council member Sophia Nimphius joined Ms Dryden, along with fellow Australian changemakers, journalist and broadcaster Stan Grant and former Melbourne Victory player Gabriela Garton, to name a few. The event saw over 500 participants join in person at the United Nations in Geneva and another 200 online.
Embedding national standards
The National Integrity Framework has introduced national standards at all levels of sport and drawn a line at the behaviours that have no place in sport.
The Safeguarding in Sport Continuous Improvement Program is designed to embed safeguarding into sports practices and provides sports with education, training and ongoing support so they can offer a safe and inclusive environment to all members, including children.