The gender representation in Indian sports sports is skewed towards dominant prescience of male members. Women coaches constitute less than 16 per cent of the total strength of coaches at Sports Authority of India. The grade A income of Indian women’s cricket team players is 8 times less than their counterparts in the men’s team. In National Paralympic Committee of India, women represent only 8% of its total board members.
Bridges of Sports Foundation believes that, the gender bias stems from the basic inequality, which can be seen in the gender parity index for the youth literacy rate of India. We need to first provide equal access and opportunity to girls to acquire education and develop vocational skills at grass roots level.
It is an undebatable fact, that empowering women has a significant effect on social and economic progress of not just their family and trickles upwards to a more developed community and nation. World Economic Forum has echoed, that a nation’s competitiveness largely depends on how it's woman are empowered. A report by Azim Premji Foundation has also stated that If the mother is literate, it is nearly 2.5 times more likely that her child is in school.
Though, globally there has been an increase in gender parity in literacy rates, India has a skewed gender parity illiteracy index, with 4.6 million more females disfavoured than males. With currently around 30% of India’s population below age group of 15 years, it is right time for India to bridge its gender parity index for the coming generation.
Hence it is apparent and evident to create structures and platforms which encourages more women participation on community issues and decision making processes and these platforms have to be created from grassroots level.
Through use of sports, we will provide girls safe access to public spaces which might have been mostly male dominated bring in systemic changes in their acceptance into communities. Providing them better skill and encouraging their involvement in coaching and refereeing will have a multiplier effect on providing women opportunities, to make life transitioning decisions at all levels of the community.
- Providing equal access to all, towards quality education, vocational training and access to learning materials by enhanced use of technology.
- Skill development for women in sports, through focused vocational training activities in schools.
- Advocating for policy changes, to provide women equal opportunity to participate in leadership and decision making process at all levels.
- Doubling the participation of girls in sports and creating a safe playing environment for girls in schools and public grounds.
- Advocating for equal representation of women in the boards of all sporting bodies across India.