FIFA supports World Health Organization campaign against domestic violence

25 nov. 2021

FIFA and the World Health Organization are joining forces to alert the general public to the issue of domestic violence, but also to help people at risk. This initiative is part of a 16-day campaign against gender-based violence. Its launch begins today, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and will end on Friday, December 10, International Human Rights Day. “Violence is never an answer, especially at home, which must remain a safe environment for everyone, especially women and children,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “FIFA has a statutory obligation to respect all internationally recognized human rights; as an organization, it will do its utmost to promote the protection of these rights. The #SafeHome campaign is entering its second year. Football will continue to relay this message through FIFA, until such behavior completely disappears from our societies. ” “The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted inequalities and many health challenges, including the issue of violence against women,” said WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “We must act together to put an end to all forms of violence and discrimination. WHO is pleased to be able to count on the support of FIFA and big names in football around the world to fight against violence against women. women and children, support victims and promote a safer and healthier society for all. “

According to WHO data, violence against women is still very present and begins extremely early. During her lifetime, one in three women aged 15 and over, or 736 million people, suffers physical and / or sexual violence from her partner or sexual violence outside the couple. For ten years, the statistics have changed little. In addition, this violence begins early: one in four young women (15-24 years) who have had a relationship has already suffered violence from her partner. Figures show that violence has certainly increased during the Covid-19 pandemic, due to lockdowns and the temporary removal of support services. Whatever its form, violence can affect a person’s health and well-being, throughout their life. Violence is associated with the risk of injury, depression, anxiety disorders, unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, and many other health concerns. Its cost to households, communities and societies is enormous. The #SafeHome video campaign, in three parts, relays WHO’s message to end violence against women and children. Over the next 16 days, it will be available in seven languages. It aims to raise awareness of the risks and to propose measures to avoid or reduce them. In addition to testimonies and advice from victims, the content addresses the risk of taking action and calls on governments to better support vulnerable people. #SafeHome offers messages from 23 footballers past and present, several of whom have already had the opportunity to condemn this type of violence. Emmanuel Amuneke (NGA), Álvaro Arbeloa (ESP), Rosana Augusto (POR), Vítor Baía (POR), Diego Benaglio (SUI), Sarah Essam (EGY), Khalilou Fadiga (SEN), Matthias Ginter (GER), David James (ENG), Annike Krahn (GER), Rabah Madjer (ALG), Marco Materazzi (ITA), Milagros Menéndez (ARG), Lúcia Moçambique (MOZ), Geremi Njitap (CMR), Asisat Oshoala (NGA), Noemi Pascotto (ITA) ), Graham Potter (ENG), Mikaël Silvestre (FRA), Kelly Smith (ENG), Óliver Torres (ESP), Clémentine Touré (CIV) and Abel Xavier (POR). These personalities will post their own #SafeHome contributions on their channels. The campaign will also be featured on the digital platforms of FIFA and WHO. Finally, graphic toolkits were provided to the 211 FIFA member associations to enable them to relay the message in their territories. “Once again, we appeal to the FIFA member associations to ask them to disseminate the contact details of national and local call centers and support services, in order to help all those who feel threatened,” said the FIFA President. “As such, we also ask our members to review their own protective measures with the help of the FIFA Guardians guide. Football must remain a healthy and fun activity for all those who practice it and especially the youngest members of the football team. the football community. FIFA and football in general will continue to uphold these values. “

The World Health Organization (WHO) and FIFA embarked on a four-year collaboration in 2019 to promote healthy lifestyles through football, all over the world. More information on the WHO-FIFA MoU can be found here. Several joint campaigns have already been carried out: #ReachOut, on the sidelines of International Mental Health Day, Pass the message to kick out coronavirus and #BeActive for the United Nations International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.


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