Category Archives: Sports & Recreation

Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy

December 2016

Victorian State Government

Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy sets out to redress gender inequality, sexism and violence against women through a number of reforms and initiatives, including:

  • Enacting a Gender Equality Act to embed strong governance structures and to promote and improve gender equality across government
  • Creating  new agency dedicated to preventing family violence before it occur
  • Reviewing laws against sexist advertising and gender-based hate speech
  • Gender audits across government and the public sector to create inclusive and flexible workplaces, equal pay, leadership development and mentoring and recruitment and promotion
  • Establishing a Prevention Agency with dedicated funding to strengthen the prevention of family violence, including funding, coordinating and supporting local organisations working in the field of prevention to change community attitudes and behaviours that lead to family violence
  • Scholarships to encourage young and emerging women leaders Gender equality programs in grassroots sporting clubs.
  • Hosting the first all women trade delegation in China Promoting women’s cultural activities and participation via the arts and media
  • Establishing two expert committees, a Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality and an Equal Workplaces Advisory Committee (EWAC) to provide expert advice to government in the ongoing commitment to achieve gender equality
  • Establishing a memorial for victims and a family violence index to highlight the horrifying and irreversible price many women have paid due to family violence

There are six key settings for early action in the implementation of the strategy that include; education and training; work and economic security; health, safety and wellbeing; leadership and representation; sport and recreation; and media, arts and culture.

 

 

 

 

Everyone Wins ToolKit

Everyone Wins is a toolkit develop by VicHeatlh that provides practical tools and resources to help Victorian community sports clubs become more inclusive and welcoming of everyone in their community.

The toolkit specifically aims to help clubs increase the involvement of women and girls, Aboriginal people and people from culturally diverse communities. The tools, actions and resources provided in this toolkit help clubs build on their existing strengths.

The Action Guide includes hyperlinks to the specific tools. The Action Guide can be found at: https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/media-and-resources/publications/everyone-wins_clubs

For further information about Everyone Wins, please contact everyonewins@vichealth.vic.gov.au

Academic and International Research on Gender and Sport

SPORT AND GENDER –  EMPOWERING GIRLS AND WOMEN

Right to Play (2008). Chapter 4: Sport and Gender Empowering women and girls, in Harnessing the Power of Sport for Development and Peace: Recommendations to Governments, this report was developed by Right to Play in its capacity as the Secretariate of the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group

 

Promoting physical activity in women: evaluation of a 2-year community-based intervention in Sydney, Australia

Li Ming Wen, Margaret Thomas, Helen Jones, Neil Orr, Renee Moreton, Lesley King, Penny Hawe, Jeni Bindon, Jenni Humphries, Karin Schicht, Shauna Corne, and Adrian Bauman. Promoting physical activity in women: evaluation of a 2-year community-based intervention in Sydney, Australia Health Promot. Int. (2002) 17 (2): 127-137 doi:10.1093/heapro/17.2.127

 

Why do young women drop out of sport and physical activity?

Craike, Melinda, Symons, C. and Zimmermann, J. 2009, Why do young women drop out of sport and physical activity? A social ecological approach, Annals of leisure research, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 148-172.

 

Participation in Sport and Recreation by Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women – A report prepared for the Australian Government Office for Women Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Natasha Cortis, Pooja Sawrikar and Kristy Muir, Participation in sport and recreation by culturally and linguistically diverse women, Social Policy Research Centre University of New South Wales May 2007

 

Barriers to Exercise in Younger and Older Non-Exercising Adult Women: A Cross Sectional Study in London, United Kingdom – A survey of 100 women, measuring perceived barriers to exercise using an ‘Exercise Benefits/Barriers Scale (EBBS)’

Walid El Ansari and Geoff Lovell,  Barriers to Exercise in Younger and Older Non-Exercising Adult Women: A Cross Sectional Study in London, United Kingdom, Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 1443-1455; doi:10.3390/ijerph6041443

 

Physical activity correlates in young women with depressive symptoms: a qualitative study

Azar et al. Physical activity correlates in young women with depressive symptoms: a qualitative study, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2010, 7: 3

The Sport Nexus and Gender Injustice

Ann Travers, Simon Fraser University, published by Studies in Social Justice, 2008, 2: 1

 

Articles requiring purchase or access through a library system:

Perceived benefits from participation in sports: a gender study
Bonnie Kelinske, Brad W. Mayer, Kuo‐Lane Chen, (2001) “Perceived benefits from participation in sports: a gender study”, Women in Management Review, Vol. 16 Iss: 2, pp.75 – 84

Social Inclusion and Sport: Culturally Diverse Women’s Perspectives

Gender and Sport in Local Government

Local governments play a key role in closing the gender gap and promoting gender equity in community sports and recreation activities.

Here are a few resources developed by local governments in Victoria and from the State level across Australia.

 A Gender Lens for Leisure, developed by Knox City Council, Maroondah City Council, Yarra Ranges Council, 2014

Moreland Active Women and Girls Volume 4: Strategy (2009-2013), Moreland City Council, 2009

Fact sheet #7 Sport and Recreation, from Municipal Association of Victoria’s Ten ways local government can advance gender equity, July 2012

Start Playing Stay Playing– A summary of the evidence and communities of interest insights into women’s and girl’s participation in sport and active recreation, State of Queensland, 2013

The Women and Girls Sport and Recreation Principles and Checklist –Developed in response to Start Playing Stay Playing report recommendations, State of Queensland, 2013

Women and Physical ActivityGender impact assessment, Women’s Health Victoria, 2010