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.

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.

Following are a range of tools and resources to assist you or your club to prevent sex discrimination and to take action should it occur:

  • Try our interactive scenario specifically on the issues of sex discrimination. Encourage your club members to go through the scenario. 
  • Consider implementing a quota for female representation on committee’s and boards. This has proven to be an effective way to ensure gender equity 
  • Harness ‘male champions of change’ at your club. The issue of gender discrimination is as much a men’s issue as it is a women’s issue. Male Champions of Change are the men who are prepared to ‘step up’ and promote gender equity. The Male Champions of Change website has a range of excellent resources you could use to help you do this.
  • Support and join gender equality campaigns such as #Jointhemovement. Place their videos and messages on your social media channels and your website.
  • Ensure your clubs Member Protection Policy and Codes of Conduct contain provisions for sex discrimination and harassment and make sure these policies and codes are easily available to your members.
  • Have your committee, volunteers and club members complete the free online Discrimination and Harassment course
  • Harness ‘male champions of change’ at your club. The issue of gender discrimination is as much a men’s issue as it is a women’s issue. Male Champions of Change are the men who are prepared to ‘step up’ and promote gender equity. The Male Champions of Change website has a range of excellent resources you could use to help you do this.
  • Have a look at the presentation of Kate Jenkins (Sex Discrimination Commissioner and co-Chair of Play by the Rules) talking about the power of Male Champions of Change at the 2016 Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Forum.