Quotas to accelerate gender equity in sport leadership: do they work?
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- Women in sport leadership: Research and practice for change, 2017, pp. 83 - 97
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This chapter explores the use of gender quotas as a strategy to accelerate the growth of women in sport leadership, particularly in the governance of national sport organisations (NSOs) and international federations (IFs). First, I present an overview of the current global status of women’s participation in sport governance based on the Sydney Scoreboard, a global index for women in sport leadership. This provides compelling evidence that only limited progress has been made to date and gender equity in sport governance remains elusive. Second, I discuss several strategies for disrupting the status quo at an international level, including the Brighton Plus Helsinki Declaration and an important initiative by the United Nations (Adriaanse & Claringbould, 2016) as well as the introduction of gender quotas. The latter is controversial.
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