ZURICH, Switzerland, November 25, 2021 / APO Group / –
FIFA (www.FIFA.com) and the World Health Organization have teamed up to raise awareness about domestic violence and support people at risk, during the 16 days of activism against gender violence. The campaign begins today during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and will last until Human Rights Day on Friday, December 10.
“Violence is never the answer, especially in the home, which should be a safe environment for everyone, and in particular for women and children,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “It is FIFA’s legal obligation to respect all internationally recognized human rights and, as an organization, FIFA will endeavor to promote the protection of these rights. The #SafeHome campaign is now in its second year, and FIFA will continue to make the voice of football heard to amplify this message until these events are no longer part of our society. ”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many health problems and inequities, including violence against women,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “We must all unite to end all forms of violence and discrimination. WHO is pleased to partner with FIFA and soccer stars around the world to help prevent violence against women and children, support survivors and make our societies safer and healthier for all. “
Violence against women remains devastating and begins alarmingly at an early age, according to WHO data. Throughout their lives, one in three women aged 15 years or over, around 736 million, are subjected to physical and / or sexual violence by an intimate partner or sexual violence by a person who is not their couple, a figure that has remained virtually unchanged over the last decade. .
This violence starts early: one in four young women (ages 15-24) who have been in a relationship will already have experienced intimate partner violence by the time they reach the age of 25. The data suggests that women’s exposure to violence likely increased during the COVID-19 pandemic due to lockdowns and disruptions to vital support services.
Violence, in all its forms, can have an impact on a person’s health and well-being throughout their life. It is associated with an increased risk of injury, depression, anxiety disorders, unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and many other health problems, and carries enormous costs to households, communities, and society as a whole. .
The five-part video campaign #SafeHome, which supports the WHO message to end violence against women and children, will be published in seven languages over the next 16 days. The campaign raises awareness of risks and highlights actions that can be taken to prevent and mitigate these risks through counseling and support for survivors. There is also content that addresses the risk of the perpetrator and calls for an additional government effort to support those in a vulnerable situation.
#SafeHome transmits messages from 23 past and present footballers, many of whom have previously expressed their condemnation of violence against women and children.
Emmanuel Amuneke (NGA)
Álvaro Arbeloa (ESP)
Rosana Augusto (POR)
Vítor Baía (POR)
Diego Benaglio (SUI)
Sarah Essam (EGY)
Khalilou Fadiga (SEN)
Matthias Ginter (Germany)
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)
Oliver Torres (ESP)
Clémentine Touré (CIV)
Abel Xavier (POR)
These players will post their #SafeHome contribution on their channels, while the campaign will also appear on various FIFA and WHO digital platforms. Graphic toolkits are also being provided to the 211 FIFA member associations to further expand the messages in their territories.
“Once again, we ask FIFA member associations to proactively publish details of national or local helplines and support services that can help anyone who feels threatened by violence,” added the President of FIFA. “In this regard, we also ask our members to review their own safeguards using the FIFA Guardians Toolkit, to ensure that soccer is fun and safe for everyone in our game, especially the younger members of the soccer community. This is what FIFA stands for and this is what all football should stand for ”.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and FIFA signed a four-year collaboration in 2019 to promote healthy lifestyles through soccer globally. More information on the WHO-FIFA MOU can be found here (https://fifa.fans/32zBW0X), while previous campaigns include #ReachOut (https://fifa.fans/3r8Yikf) ahead of World Youth Day. Mental Health, Spread the message to eliminate the coronavirus (https://fifa.fans/3p2BnnQ) and #BeActive (https://fifa.fans/3cN2dKX) on the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace of Nations United.
According to the WHO, violence is a widespread public health and human rights problem throughout the world. It affects women, men, boys and girls in all countries and transcends the borders of age, race, religion, ethnicity, disability, culture and wealth. Statistically, women and children (both boys and girls) are most affected by violence in the home, and it is often perpetrated by men they know and trust.
Data (source: WHO)
Almost one in three women worldwide has suffered physical and / or sexual violence by an intimate partner or sexual violence, not including sexual harassment, by any aggressor Globally, 30% of women have suffered physical and / or sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime Globally, up to 38% of murders of women are committed by intimate partners Adolescent girls, young women, women belonging to ethnic minorities and otherwise, trans women and women with disabilities face a higher risk of suffering different forms of violence Most (55% to 95%) of women survivors of intimate partner violence or sexual violence do not disclose or seek any type of help or services Being abused as girls or exposed to violence in the family when they grow up, accepting attitudes of violence and gender inequality, including gender norms increase the risk of pe rpetrating acts of violence against a partner; In some settings, violence is associated with the excessive use of alcohol Globally, more than one billion children, more than half of all boys and girls ages 2 to 17, experience some form of emotional, physical or physical violence. sexual abuse every year The lifetime prevalence of child sexual abuse is 18% for girls and 8% for boys Homicide is among the top five causes of death in adolescents, with boys accounting for more than 80% of the victims and perpetrators
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