A social media campaign to equip women in sports with the knowledge and resources to stand up for themselves against discrimination.
Types of discrimination
Before we dive into the types of discrimination faced by women in sports, let's first take a look at some examples, find out why the problem exists, and why it is important to put a stop to the inequality and discrimination.
Examples of discrimination against Women in Sports
1 in 4 social media comments towards sportswomen were negative, sexist, sexualised, or belittled women's sport. (Plan International, 2019)
Women make up 40% of all participants in sport, and yet somehow receive only 4% of media coverage. Of that limited coverage, women are often objectified or demeaned. (Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport)
In Singapore, there is a lack of female representation, 20% on average, in the boards of National Sports Associations and in some sports clubs, women still have no voting rights and are disallowed to be elected as key appointment holders. (Websites of Singapore National Sports Associations, using a sample of 17 different sports.)
Why does inequality and discrimination against women in sport happen and persist?
Women in sport are stuck in a vicious cycle that has been normalised - Unequal treatment and resources, lack of voice, unequal media coverage are just some factors that drives this problem into a negative cycle that is difficult to break.
Through our interviews with female athletes in Singapore, we've also found that -
Very often, the athletes don't stand up against discrimination due to fear of retaliation or being seen as "aggressive". This creates a preconceived notion that it is better to stay silent.
There is also a lack of support for female athletes as they believe they are "on their own" and they are unsure of how to handle discrimination.
Why is it important to put a stop to discrimination against women in sports?
Female athletes drop out of sport at a younger age.
Across adolescence, 1 in 3 girls drop out of sport vs. 1 in 10 boys. Girls are more likely to quit sport compared to boys and this gender gap persists past teen years and into adulthood.
Reasons cited for dropping out:
Female athletes also have a decreased quality of experience
Less resources for female athletes mean:
This diminishes the ability for female athletes to grow and enjoy the sport across time. Sports just isn't "fun" anymore.
With higher drop out rates, females end up losing out on benefits that come with sports.
Types of Discrimination
Online / Offline Remarks
Unequal Media Coverage
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