OPINION: When asked how I became a Silver Fern I used to say – tongue and cheek – it was because I played netball. Later I realised that actually it was because I could play netball.
Sport requires the support and dedication of a code committed to sustainability through a network of passionate and motivated volunteers.
In my community, it was my mother, aunties and other women who made sure I could play.
But when you reach the representative level sport, it is paid for by sponsors. The players need to thank sport’s governors and the sponsorship partners associated with events.
If there is inequity between men and women in some sports, look at the governors and who they choose to partner with.
It is interesting to note two sponsors of the World Twenty20 are Hyundai and LG, companies intent in opening work opportunities for women.
At the entitled ‘Taking action: achieving gender equality and tapping the talent of women’ conference in 2014 Hyundai vice president Han Seong-gwon noted women accounted for 50 per cent of white collar jobs there.
He unveiled plans to open more part-time positions for career-interrupted women and annually recruit 1000 talented women.
LG was just as progressive.
Vice President Yu Pilgye said the the percentage of women staff was likely to grow “as we try to shatter stereotypes about women and screen job applicants in a more reasonable way.
“To offer equal opportunities for both men and women, we have to bring about desired change across the society, going well beyond amending relevant laws and systems.”
So congratulations to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for hosting the men’s and women’s World Twenty20s simultaneously for the first time.
This integration, just like at the Olympics, is about living the Olympic charter which promotes equality within sports of men and women by including both genders in these competitions. […]