Although people like to think of sport as being fair and open to all, sometimes individuals or groups are excluded or prevented from participating equally. If the unfair treatment is based on gender, then it could be sex discrimination.
Information to help you understand the issue
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- Sex discrimination can happen to both men and women, although it is more likely to occur against women.
- Although women make up more than 50% of the population, they are not equally represented in leadership and decision making positions. It is estimated that women fill less than one third of key decision making positions nationally.
- Offering women different terms and conditions of membership, limiting access to facilities, reducing training/competition opportunities and assuming individuals or groups won’t be interested in or good at certain tasks because of their gender are all examples of sex discrimination.
- Discrimination can affect an individual’s health, confidence, self esteem and performance and may result in them leaving the sport.
- Clubs that allow sex discrimination risk losing members and volunteers, and having reduced income. They also face the prospect of legal liability and associated financial costs.
Treating someone less favourably on the basis of gender is against the law.
Clubs are required to take steps to prevent discrimination – if they fail to do so, they may be legally responsible for the behaviour