Unit 2 Unfolding GBV in the Basketball Community

Learning Objectives

By the end of this Unit, learners are expected to

  • Identify different GBV incidents in various basketball settings and their potential victims.
  • Discuss the influence of gender norms and societal culture on GBV normalization in Balkans’ basketball.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of GBV incidents involving female perpetrators.
  • Identify challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ and other marginalized groups in basketball regarding GBV.
  • Recognize the roles of coaches.

Key words

Gender- based violence

Cultural Norms

Coaches Role

Violence in basketball

Marginalized Groups


Violence is a phenomenon often found in sports throughout history and constitutes a pathogeny that needs to be thoroughly addressed. Part of this is Gender-based violence in sports, with the main victims being women and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Although this phenomenon can take many forms, exactly because of that it is harder to detect. While a matter may not take its full dimension in a single day, it is important to detect the root cause of it, in order to neutralize the factors that cause this manifestation of violence. While it is everybody’s duty to help and protect any victim to GBV and to the right degree, coaches and athletes engaged in the field are more crucial for the effective mitigation of Gender Based Violence. Are you ready to Cancel GBV?