Football is a sphere reserved for heterosexual men. 5% of people who play football are women, and the percentage of women in technical or policymaking roles is even lower. LGBT+ people have even less access to football due to the homophobic and heterophobic attitudes in the sport. Meanwhile, access to sport was classed as a human right 40 years ago. It has an effect not only on physical and mental health, but also education, employment, integration, political development, and safety.
The project is aimed at women* (people who have experience of functioning in society as women) in the football and sport community.
In the project, we will create conditions in which women* in various social groups and of varying sexual orientation can begin or continue playing football. We will train new women coaches: we will strengthen in theory and in practice their sports and discrimination prevention skills, and give them the tools for conducting inclusive training, and thus for being leaders for change. We will devise standards for talking and writing about women* and LGBT+ people in sport: we will provide journalists with the tools for reassessing their practices, and sportswomen* with the tools for demanding changes in the language used to talk about women’s* sport in the media.
As a result, almost 300 women* will be able to enter an important, traditionally ‘male’ field of community life that has a huge impact on how gender-related norms and restrictions are formulated. There will be almost 100 training sessions for women* who frequently experience intersectional discrimination on the grounds of gender, orientation, disability, and origin. 12 women coaches will be trained, and 4 new women coaches will obtain a UEFA Grassroots C license. There will be an increase in the level of self-advocacy of LGBT+ people in sporting media and in the amount of media information that complies with best practices for writing about sportswomen.