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Parliamentary questions
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28 April 2021
Answer given by Ms Gabriel
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000387/2021

Preventing and combatting gender-based violence and domestic violence is a priority for the Commission, and a key policy objective in the Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025(1). In 2021, the Commission will issue a legislative proposal to prevent and combat specific forms of gender-based violence. The EU Strategy on victims’ rights (2020-2025)(2) and the recently adopted EU Comprehensive Strategy on the rights of the child(3) also address this kind of violence. Furthermore, in 2019, the Commission published a mapping study on Safeguarding children in sport(4), which included recommendations to Member States, the Commission and sport organisations.

The Erasmus+ programme funds several relevant projects, such as Voice(5) and iProtect(6). Cooperation between the Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of sport include projects such as Pro Safe Sport+(7) and the Child Safeguarding in Sport(8). Progressively, an increasing number of sport organisations are establishing strategies to prevent violence such as the IOC toolkit(9) to safeguard athletes from violence, or the FIFA Guardians programme(10).

Lastly, the Commission established a High-Level Group on Gender Equality in sport(11), which focuses on several key topics, including gender-based violence. The High-Level Group will meet roughly every two months starting in early 2021 to make proposals to the European Commission, Member States and the Sport Movement in the field of gender equality in sport, with a view to the roll-out of concrete actions at national and European level.

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