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- 23 February 2015 00:00
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Boardroom Gender Inequality
Women in sport, the leading charity dedicated to transforming sport for women and girls launches a 3- year research project to combat boardroom gender inequality.
For many years there has been discussion and debate about the extreme lack of women involved at the top level of sport in the UK.
Although there are a wide and varied pool of talented women actively seeking roles at the top level of sport, men still dominate sports governance in the UK.
For many years there has been discussion about the impact women can have in these senior roles and on the positive change of sport. Research has suggested that women included on boards and in senior management outperform those without the presence of a female figure.
Do women therefore contribute to a much needed balance of skills and perspectives and more creative and innovative ways of doing things?
The percentage of women across senior leadership roles remains worryingly low with almost half of NGB’s currently failing to meet guidelines of 25% board gender diversity by 2017 and a quarter of NGB’s actually showing a decreased percentage of women on boards since 2013.
Enforcing quotas to raise the level of women in these senior roles has been suggested in the past as a merit-based system doesn’t seem to be working. However this has sparked much controversial debate about the notion of ‘tokenism’ and ability to serve on the job.
Following on from the previous research project ‘Trophy Women’, Women in sport, with the support of Comic Relief, have therefore launched a new 3-year programme, working with NGBs, Sport England, UK Sport, existing female Directors and the next generation of female sport business leaders to help understand and overcome the barriers that face women working in sport.
Ruth Holdaway, Chief Executive, Women in Sport said:
"Equality in leadership is a fundamental part of our mission to transform sport for every woman and girl in the UK. We are determined that women should enjoy equality at every level of sport.”
Gilly Green, Comic Relief’s Head of UK Grants, said:
"There are far fewer opportunities or resources for girls and it is therefore vital to have more women in leadership roles on Boards where crucial decisions are made about programmes and the funding for them. We believe that's fair play.”
More info on women in sport: http://www.womeninsport.org/
More info on comic relief: www.rednoseday.com