In SUPPORTER’s deliverable on Inclusive Gender+ Equality Policy and Practice in Sports Higher Education Institutions, partners from ORU provide a literature review identifying the state-of-the art on gender+ equality, gender-based violence and sports education institutions, and identifies key problems.
Key problems within sports education and institutions:
While sports have historically championed ethical values, fair play, and integrity, they are also known as a microcosm of gender inequalities and gender-based violence. SUPPORTER has published a literature review identifying the state-of-the art on gender+ equality, gender-based violence in sports education institutions.
This deliverable shed light on key problems within sports education and institutions:
- The organisational culture of research and higher education is characterised by asymmetric power relations, hierarchical structures and strong dependence on senior staff, enabling inequalities.
- Women face several challenges related to their career opportunities in sport higher education, due to a lack of diversity in leadership and administration positions and in recruitments for these positions.
- Women from ethnic background face intersectional challenges due to both sexism and racism; policies focus on singular axes of oppression instead of addressing the complexity of discrimination.
- Experiences of racialisation and stereotyping emerge prominently across multiple studies. There is solid research evidence of inequalities related to race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic class, highlighting issues like racism and discrimination, and hindering the conditions and opportunities of student athletes.