Football for Equality event to combat racism and homophobia

More than 100 people from all over Europe will participate in the conference “Free Kick For Equality! Moving to the next step in Combating racism and homophobia in sports together” to be held in Bratislava, 26-28 of April. The conference is part of the framework of the European Commission’s co-funded project “Football for Equality”. At the conference inter-sectional approaches in anti-discrimination work are discussed as well as sports as a means to social and political inclusion and experiences in education and campaigning areas. For the event sports communities, journalists, scientists, activists and anti-discrimination NGOs are invited to discuss and think about issues of homophobia and racism and to share good practices. Many well-known activists in the field of anti-discrimination within sports will attend the conference, e.g. from the first Palestinian women’s football team, from Polish feminist and LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) movements and from the European network FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) and many more.
Bridges should be built between activists, NGOs and fans who compete in different contexts and countries against various forms of discrimination. The conference is another step to build a European network of grassroots initiatives with the entire football community in order to fight together against homophobia, racism and any other discrimination in sports and anywhere else.