Controversial legal changes for athletes in the USA violate the

Controversial legal changes for athletes in the USA violate the right to equality

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women and girls, Reem Alsalem, assured that these changes would have a negative impact on the participation of these groups in sport.

According to the expert, the proposals could even deprive women and girls of the opportunity to compete fairly, which would lead to the loss of sports and scholarship opportunities.

At the same time, they violate the country's obligations under international human rights law, the rapporteur added in a statement.

The proposed change to Title IX would also result in the elimination of intimate spaces such as separate showers and locker rooms for men and women.

According to Alsalem, this means a loss of privacy, an increased risk of physical harm, and increased exposure to sexual harassment and voyeurism.

He also warned that the initiative could precede more frequent and increasing psychological stress due to the loss of privacy as well as fair sport and equal academic opportunities.

In 1972, the United States Congress passed a law officially known as Title IX of the Education Amendments to eliminate discrimination against women in education based on sex.

The standard ensures that girls enjoy the same educational opportunities as their male counterparts.

However, proposed changes to longstanding U.S. law would allow trans-identified men to compete in women's sports.

According to experts, this could lead to the US violating “international human rights obligations”.

The UN rapporteur called on Joe Biden's administration to implement alternative policies that protect the guarantees of biologically female and trans-identified athletes.

“Using non-invasive means to confirm student gender and establishing open categories would preserve the equality of female athletes in sports while expanding participation opportunities for all, including transgender women and girls, to ensure their right to participate in sports exercise,” he said.