Contact Us The Gender Equality Debate; A Boost for Women in Sport I am a big believer in gender equality and passionate about equal rights, equal pay and equal recognition, not only when it comes to our female athletes, but for women in general.
This sub-section contains some of the evidence of this shift so far. Reproductive health and illegal drug use Research from both Western and non-Western contexts has shown that female athletes are less likely to exhibit risky sexual behaviour.
For example, they were shown to have fewer sexual partners and were more likely to use contraception than their counterparts who did not participate in sports. Research among young women in South Africa indicated that athletes from one sample were more likely to have fewer children than non-athlete females from the same region.
Evidence from among young women in high-income countries shows that female athletes are less likely to consume drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, etc. Gender-specific disorders Current research indicates that regular physical activity may decrease or slow down the onset of osteopenia and osteoporosis in women.
Regular physical activity coupled with a calcium-rich diet can increase bone mineral density, reducing the risk of developing bone disorders and fractures among older women. Strong evidence supports the role regular exercise can play in controlling levels of fat, reducing the risk of lung and breast cancers.
These improvements are associated with enhanced feelings of accomplishment, perceptions of improved physical appearance and commitment to exercise. Social inclusion and social integration of women and girls There is a large amount of compelling evidence from both developed and developing countries reflecting the relationship between sport participation and social integration and social inclusion of women and girls.
Access to safe spaces becomes increasingly confined, restrictive, enclosed and domestic as girls in developing countries reach adolescence.
Evidence from sport programmes shows that sport activities can allow women and girls access to safe social spaces in which they may exercise control and ownership.
Evidence from post-apartheid South Africa shows that young women from different backgrounds could use football as a platform to engage with one another, mentor each other, as well as develop friendships and strengthen relationships.
Similar findings from Nigeria suggest that sport plays a crucial role in enhancing social cohesion and encouraging social interaction among young women and girls. Challenging and transforming gender norms Most research that examines the relationship between sport and gender refers to the transformative potential of sport to challenge or alter gender norms.
Although the participation of women and girls in sport remains largely imbalanced when compared to participation among men and boys, most researchers are in agreement that the consistent and continued participation of women and girls in sport has had a major impact on achieving gender equality in certain contexts.
Boys are observed to have adopted a positive and supportive attitude towards their female counterparts participating in the programme.
Participation in the programme has become synonymous with being aware of gendered roles and norms. The Moving the Goal Posts Kilifi programme MTGK in Kenya provides opportunities for participants to compete and train, as well as participate directly in developing the organisation and overseeing governance.
Exposure to competing internationally is seen to add a boost to public recognition of the skills that women and girls can develop through sport.Although the participation of women and girls in sport remains largely imbalanced when compared to participation among men and boys, most researchers are in agreement that the consistent and continued participation of women and girls in sport has had a major impact .
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