Forum to shed light on successful social inclusion strategies in sport

Australian Human Rights Commission

Thursday, 27 November 2008

The Australian Human Rights Commission will be holding a ‘Sport and Cultural Diversity’ forum on 2 December from 1.30-3.30pm.

Part of the international Sport, Race and Ethnicity Conference being held at the University of Technology, Sydney from 30 November to 2 December 2008, the forum aims to build on the findings and recommendations of the Commission’s What’s the Score? report released last year.

Recent policy developments, initiatives and innovations to adapt to the growing cultural diversity of sporting participants in Australia will be discussed, along with issues around social inclusion and sport.

What’s the Score? surveyed cultural diversity and racism in Australian sport and can be found online at www.humanrights.gov.au/racial_discrimination/whats_the_score/.

The report sheds light on the existing strategies and programs adopted by 17 national sporting organisations, federal and state governments, various non-government sporting agencies and human rights institutions to combat racism and prejudice within sport.

The Sport and Cultural Diversity forum will gather together organisations and individuals who featured in the report to discuss program and policy successes they have developed in this area, ongoing issues they are dealing with and strategies to address them.

The Sport, Race and Ethnicity Conference will involve academics, policy makers, sport industry practitioners and community leaders in three days of constructive debate and discussion. For full details of the Conference please visit the website at: http://www.business.uts.edu.au/lst/sre/index.html. Human Rights Commissioner Graeme Innes will deliver the opening address to the conference at 9.10am on Sunday 30 November.
For more information about the Sport and Cultural Diversity forum or to rsvp your place please email Amy Lamoin at amy.lamoin@humanrights.gov.au

Venue: Moot Court 5B.102 – Law Faculty
University of Technology, Sydney
Haymarket Campus
Cnr Quay Street and Ultimo Road
Haymarket

Date: Tuesday, 2 December 2008
Time: 1.30-3.30pm