Women and Sports

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Janice Crosswhite OAM is an advocate for gender equity in sport who has enjoyed a lifetime of involvement, as a player, teacher, coach, administrator, volunteer and community leader. For many years, Crosswhite has worked energetically and effectively to promote and support women’s access to and involvement in sport in the community. She is the president of the Australian Womensport and Recreation Association (AWRA), a not for profit organisation that ‘supports the active participation of women and girls in sport, physical activity and recreation’ aims to ‘provide advocacy and leadership for the progress and facilitation of opportunities for Australian women and girls in and through sport, physical activity and recreation’ (AWRA Website).

Janice Crosswhite OAM attended the 112th Annual General Meeting of National Council of Women of Victoria, and pointed out three issues in regards to sports and sex: inequalities in pay, lack of media coverage for female and female participation at all levels of sport.

She criticised the inequality in funding for male and female sports and demanded equal prize money for men and women in sporting competitions.

It’s a nation where women are paid less in sports than men, are denied seats at leadership and governance position, are more stressed and are greater victims of harassment.

Because more men than women watch female football matches, administrators and media bosses are spotting a commercial opportunity with male fans. However, more media coverage of the activities and achievements of female athletes could increase market power of female athlete, which means more positive role models for young girls and more women and girls participating in sport and activity.

Last but not the least, Crosswhite mentioned, 73% women in Victoria hardly do any physical activities and only 9% women in Victoria regularly participate in organized sport or activities. However, studies have shown that physical activity can significantly lower the risk for cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, reproductive cancers, stroke and hypertension. It also improves mental health and helps maintain a healthy weight. In this sense, undoubtedly, priopritising female participation at all levels of sport and active recreation is essential

Please view the link for more information: http://www.australianwomensport.com.au/

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