#LetThemWearShorts victory: International Handball Federation scraps bikini rule

61k supporters called for change to sexist uniform regs

Talitha Stone has declared a petition victory after the International Handball Federation scrapped its sexist women's beach handball bikini rule. Talitha - a Norway-based Australian athlete and sports-loving woman - started the petition in July after learning about the IHF's sexist uniform rule for female beach handball players and a fine slapped on the Norwegian team for defying the rule.

Talitha shared the following update with her 61,377 change.org petition supporters: 

The International Handball Federation has updated its official Beach Handball Rules of the Game to mandate shorts for female players. The new “body fit tank" and "short tight pants” uniform combination replaces the previously mandated crop tops and bikini bottoms.  

I’m declaring this petition a WIN!

I hope this is the beginning of the end of sexism and objectification of women and girls in sport, and that in future ALL women and girls will be free to participate in sport without fear of wardrobe malfunctions and sexual harassment!

Read the full update here.

Before and after: IHF regulation uniforms for women beach handball players

Talitha also shared a video announcement with supporters in celebration of the win - watch below.

Thanks to all our supporters who signed and shared the petition and helped put pressure on the IHF to let women beach handball players wear shorts!

Read more about the campaign here.

See also

Norway beach handball sexism row: Will 'bikini bottoms' to 'tight pants' kit change satisfy critics? - Euronews.com

Let them wear shorts! Talitha Stone's urgent message to handball bosses

On the brink of a radical dress code change: #LetThemWearShorts petition update

Sexploitation of women in sport

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  • Collective Shout
    published this page in News 2021-10-28 15:52:39 +1100

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