Fair play, fair pay, fair trade: respecting human rights of the workers involved in the production of the sporting goods & equipment

ENGSO Youth Young Delegate Anton Klischewski was one of the young participants of the 2022 Human Rights Education (HRE) through Sport programme. The programme supported and empowered young leaders and sport organisations to develop competences and knowledge to act as a multiplier for Human Rights and Human Rights Education through Sports.

Through the “Sport handelt fair campaign” he aims to ensure that manufacturers of the sporting goods respect the human rights of their workers; pay them fairly, provide them with employment contracts and guarantee health protection. 

 

The campaign approaches clubs, schools and municipalities and motivates them to participate or to switch to fair trade alternatives. It also encourages fan organisations to rethink the purchase of the sporting goods from sources that act sustainably and respect the human rights of people involved in the production. 

 

Last but not least, “Sport handelt fair” calls on mega sport events, such as the EURO 2024 or the 2023 Special Olympics World Games in Germany, to stand up for human rights and focus on fairness on and off the pitch. 

 

Respecting human rights of all people involved in sport, from workers to athletes, is one of the key principles of the Human Rights Education Through Sport manual. The manual promotes education on human rights using sport as a platform and it specifically targets young people. It includes interactive sport/physical activity workshops and reflection questions for further discussion, which Anton happily shares in his work. 

 

Learn more about Sport handelt fair: 

Website: https://sporthandeltfair.com/

Hashtags: #FairPlay #FairPay #FairTrade

About the Back to Basics – Human Rights education programme:

 

The main idea of the programme was to support youth and sport organizations as well as sport and youth workers in developing competences to act as a multiplier for human rights and human rights education through sports in their realities. 

 

More than 100 young leaders working within and/or with the youth & sport sector from more than 30 countries were introduced to a theoretical context around Sports’ contribution to promote, ensure and advocate for Human Rights. With the inspiration of discussions, exchange and their own expertise, participants of the Human Rights Education workshop series, led by ENGSO Youth, created a manual that includes meaningful non-formal education physical activities and exercises with the common goal: to highlight and educate on the power of sport as a tool to promote Human Rights.

Funded by the Council of Europe through the European Youth Foundation.

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