Sexism and gender equality: how to enhance cooperation between women and athletes in Europe
Experts workshop/seminar on gender issues and sport.
Sport is traditionally a male-dominated sector and progress in gender equality in this area is hindered by the social constructions of femininity and masculinity, which often associate sport with ‘masculine’ characteristics, such as physical strength and resilience, speed, and a highly competitive spirit.
Women who engage in sports may be perceived as ‘masculine’, while men who are not interested in sports could be considered ‘unmanly’. Coaching is another area of sports where women are largely underrepresented. Based on figures from seven EU Member States, it is estimated that only 20% to 30% of all sports coaches in Europe are women. There are also more men than women employed in sports, and data from EIGE’s Gender Statistics Database (European Institute for Gender Equality) shows that at European level, from 2012 to 2014, women’s employment in sports actually decreased, whereas men’s increased.
Concerning Italy, Italian law still does not acknowledge professional female athletes.
This workshop aims to focus on a historical analysis of the rise of female sport in Europe and to investigate possible cooperation between activists, athletes and sports organizations in Europe to tackle sexism in sport, encourage women participation and foster gender inclusive sport environments.
Lilia Giugni – Researcher, Cambridge Judge Business School
Cristina Obber – Journalist, writer and activist from Rebel Network
Antonio Rotelli – Lawyer from Rete Lenford
Filppo Biolè – Lawyer, Assist Consultant
Luisa Rizzitelli – President of Assist and Rebel Network
Annette Whachter – co-President EGLSF
Odette Gould – European Lesbian Forum board member
Vanessa Vizziello – Rebel Network activist