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All Party Parliamentary Group Session on Discrimination in Sport

05 March 2019 UK Houses of Parliament, London

A new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) in the UK Parliament has been created to consider pressing human rights problems affecting large scale sporting events around the world. Bringing together together Parliamentarians from all political parties, the APPG focuses on three specific areas: the human rights impacts throughout the lifecycle of mega-sporting events, the impacts of the UK Modern Slavery Act on companies in the sports sector, and discrimination in sport in all its forms.

The APPG is chaired by Alex Norris MP and Baroness Young of Hornsey, with the Secretariat provided by the UN Global Compact Network UK and IHRB. The APPG's first evidence session focused on workers in sport's construction sector, and the second session looked at the role of the media in sport.

The APPG's third evidence session will focus on discrimination issues in sport, with a particular emphasis on the more overlooked aspects of discrimination such as access to sporting opportunities starting in schools, representation for women and BME at Board level in sporting federations, and equal treatment of players. Oral evidence will be heard from a range of organisations including sports bodies, companies, journalists, NGOs, independent researchers, and public bodies.

Speakers include:

  • Maggie Murphy – Equal Playing Field
  • Anna Kessel – Journalist, The Guardian
  • Karen Dobres – EqualityFC Campaign Manager, Lewes Football Club
  • Shannon Moloney – Lewes FC Women footballer
  • Michelle Moore – Freelance sport and diversity consultant
  • Roisin Wood – CEO, Kick It Out
  • Dr Simon Rofe – SOAS

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