As debates regarding transgender athletes continue apace this week it is clear that multiple gender inequalities in sport persist.
We all know we need to recruit people on a skills basis and provide the diversity of thought and appropriate challenge to help sporting organisations innovate and stay ahead of the pack.
In 2017, the year I became the first black female Non-Executive Director of Football in the 138 years in County Football didn’t come by accident. Last year, I was described by Moya Dodd (former FIFA council member) as a “strong, articulate role model and pioneer in Diversity and Inclusion in football”.
This is the future, I thought, as I said my goodbyes to Chris Ramsey and Manisha Tailor at the Kick It Out 25th Anniversary dinner last week.
This International Women’s Day I’m preparing for an international adventure of my own. In May I will leave Women in Sport, after five and a half wonderful (and challenging!) years, for a new role as CEO of Tennis Victoria, in Australia.
Despite half of the world’s population being female, that figure doesn’t translate into 50% of positions of power being held by women globally.
What does the word ‘balance’ mean to you; what phrases or images does it conjure up? Stability? Equality? Proportion? Fairness? What does balance mean for you in the context of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2019? #BalanceforBetter is the theme for this year’s IWD.
As someone who comes from a long line of amazing women, I now appreciate the importance of positive role models especially female ones in my life.
International Women’s Day takes place on March 8th and this year’s theme is calling for a #balanceforbetter in women’s sport. The aim is to get all of us to place more value on the efforts of our female athletes and provide them with the support and respect they deserve.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2019, ‘#BalanceforBetter’ calls for a more gender-balanced world. As a bastion of hegemonic masculinity, sport is couched within and reproduces dominant and enduring structures and discourses that contribute to this imbalance.
- Active Lifestyles
- Anti Doping
- Applied Obesity
- Carnegie Great Outdoors
- Clean Sport
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Human Performance
- International Women's Day
- Mental Health
- Outdoor Education
- Physical Activity and Health
- Physical Education
- Sports Broadcasting
- Sports Coaching
- Strength and Conditioning
- Student Support
- Women's Football
- World Cup 2018