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Whistle Project

Project description

Whistle addresses sexual harassment in sports and physical activity, especially verbal sexual harassment (VSH), better known as catcalling. It’s a very common problem but also a very normalized one.

If a man whistles at a woman who is running or biking on the street or makes a too explicit joke, it is not a compliment and, in many cases, it is perceived as real harassment, in which psychological violence is carried out.  This phenomenon is growing and significantly affects many women who no longer feel free to train or do physical activity in public spaces, or drop out of sports. It is often trivialized and declassified as mere appreciation without any intention of harassment. However, words and gestures, which are not requested in most cases, do not please but betray strongly sexist behaviour.

Researches from all around the world show that many men and women have experienced or witnessed some sort of sexual harassment. NOW IT’S THE TIME TO RAISE OUR VOICES in order to make our streets and sports centres safer and more comfortable places for everyone to feel free to exercise and practice sports.



Project Details

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Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or EACEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

Project Partners 

  • USMA (IT)
  • Si Può Fare (IT)
  • Comune di Padova (IT)
  • Hellenic Volleyball Federation (HE)
  • Kean – Cell of alternative youth activities (HE)
  • SPELL – Sports Ambassadors Association (TK)
  • Actividades Alternativas (ES)
  • Courage Foundation (BG)
  • Strategic partnership Institute (PL)




Steering committee chairman: Giampaolo Peccolo

Project designer and coordinator: Raffaella Lioce

Project communication manager: Alessio Vagaggini

Project campaign responsible: Caterina Stanley Moreno