Being a professional athlete is not without its challenges, particularly as a woman. Recently, Nicola Butler and her fellow female wakeboarders felt discriminated against based on their gender. Instead of getting angry, Nicola directed her energy into something positive creating “For The Girls,” a powerful film with a message for the next generation of female wakeboarders.
In part one of this two-part series, we explored the current emphasis on accountability in women’s sport equality globally. I and numerous others have contributed to the planning and strategy that will precede a high-level government meeting sponsored by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organizations this summer in Kazan, Russia. As a lead advocate of Title IX, the WSF is proud to continue the fight to ensure access to sport for all girls and women both nationally and abroad.
Established in 1978, the International Charter of Physical Education and Sport provides leadership and guidance to the various countries of the world, including nearly all UN members, who have signed said Charter in regard to good governance and good practice in sport and physical education. However, over the years it has become clear that revisions are necessary, particularly relating to the circumstances for girls and women. Various research and professional organizations, including WSF, have official consultative status to the United Nations and we are proud to serve as key contributors to advance equality in sport globally.
With over 40 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Dr. Deborah Antoine joined the Women’s Sports Foundation as our new CEO on January 3, 2017. We sat down with Deborah to discuss her career with non-profits, her passion for sports and her commitment to gender equality.