Government pledges to ensure gender equality in sport on International Women’s Day
Sports Cabinet Secretary Dr Amina Mohamed affirmed her commitment to supporting efforts to promote the fight against gender-based violence and to make sport safer and more inclusive.
Speaking at a hotel in Nairobi on Tuesday as he attended celebrations of International Women’s Day, the SC urged leaders and Kenyans in general to work together to develop legal and policy frameworks that will ensure the protection of women and the achievement of equality in the representation of the sexes in the world of sport, politics and business.
“In sport, we are revising decades-old practices that have entrenched inequalities in the sector. We are in the process of implementing the recommendations of the Women’s Welfare Report Committee led by Catherine Ndereba which was formed under the guidance of HE the President,” she said.
A report by a committee appointed in July last year reveals that gender inequality is endemic in Kenyan sports.
Providing an excerpt from the committee’s report on gender and well-being in sport, Amina said that these disparities, mainly against sportswomen, are linked to issues such as sports management, remuneration, media coverage and funding of activities.
“They gave us their findings, which include well-detailed reports of gender-based discrimination against women in the sports industry. Among the issues highlighted are disparities in pay for male coaches and women, players, referees and in the composition of federations and technical benches”, noted the CS
At the Agnes Tirop conference held from January 17-21 in Diani, Kwale, Amina expressed her optimism that gender disparities – along with other issues affecting the sport – will be carefully addressed.
The three-day conference is named after the 2015 world cross country champion who was found murdered in October last year at her home in Iten in Elgeyo Marakwet County.
Gender equality in sport means breaking down harmful stereotypes that continue to make women less likely to participate in sport. It also means promoting the advancement of women as professional athletes and leaders in the sport industry.