July 24, 2018

Promoting Gender Equality In Sport

The Andrews Labor Government is boosting gender equality with new sporting grants for Victorian sports associations, local government, Regional Sports Assemblies and non-for-profit organisations.

Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins joined Dr Bridie O’Donnell and members of Cycling Victoria today to announce grant recipients, worth $658,000.

Each organisation will receive funding to trial new guidelines which promote gender equality, from cycling to footy, at the club-level and up.

The guidelines have been developed by Adjunct Professor Sue Dyson in partnership with Latrobe and Swinburne University and will provide practical advice for how Victorian sport organisations can promote gender equality, both on and off the field.

The participation of women and girls in sport is generally lower than men and boys. Women and girls have fewer opportunities to play sport and often do not have access to appropriate facilities. Women are also vastly underrepresented in sport leadership.

Results of the pilot will also produce a valuable resource for the community sport and recreation sector. The program is part of the Labor Government’s work to address the gendered barriers that continue to hold women back.

For more information on how Victoria is working to promote gender equality in sport, visit changeourgame.vic.gov.au

Quote attributable to the Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins

“Sport is one of the most powerful tools we have to challenge gender inequality – it can change the way communities view the roles of women and girls and how women and girls see themselves.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren

“These guidelines will provide practical advice for organisations to boost gender equality and get more women and girls playing sports.”

Quote attributable to Head of the Office for Women in Sport and Active Recreation Dr Bridie O’Donnell

“We know the important role sport plays in our community and it’s one of the most effective avenues to drive awareness and social change.”