On March 25th, the International Day for the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is observed to honor the millions of Africans who were forcibly taken from their homes and families to be sold into slavery. This day provides an opportunity to reflect on the continued impact of slavery and the need for greater efforts towards its eradication.
The Sport industry, like many other industries, has a long history of benefiting from the labor of enslaved individuals. Many sports were built on the backs of enslaved people who were forced to perform physically demanding tasks with little regard for their wellbeing. This history of exploitation and oppression is not fully eradicated from the sport industry today, impacting the lives and opportunities of many who suffer at the hands of human traffickers.
As we observe this day, it is important to recognize that the impact of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade extends far beyond the historical context. The systemic racism and inequality that persist today are rooted in this history of exploitation and oppression.
It is our responsibility as members of the Sport industry to use our platform and influence to advocate for change and promote inclusivity and diversity. By acknowledging the impact of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade on the Sport industry and committing to the SIGA Universal Standards on Good Governance in Sport, and on Youth Development and Protection in Sport, we can work towards creating a equitable and just future for all individuals involved in sports.
Let us continue to honor the memory of those who suffered under slavery and work towards creating a just, accessible, and equitable world for all.
The SIGA Permanent Committee on Gender, Race, Inclusion and Diversity (GRID)
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