Article

Gender equality, sport and the United Nation's system. A historical overview of the slow pace of progress

Citation

de Soysa L & Zipp S (2019) Gender equality, sport and the United Nation's system. A historical overview of the slow pace of progress. Sport in Society, 22 (11), pp. 1783-1800. https://doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2019.1651018

Abstract
The history, milestones and (sluggish) progress towards gender equality within the interconnected movements of sport, international development and human rights are reflective of the broader feminist struggle. In this paper, we shall explore how key stakeholders, such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the (former) United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport together with other women and sport organisations have been working to promote gender equality within and beyond sport. Despite decades of parallel or synchronized effort, critics contend that progress is slow and uneven, leaving generations of girls and women marginalized. In this article, we explain the progression towards a renewed initiative to create a UNESCO Global Observatory for Women, Sport, Physical Education and Physical Activity and discuss how the observatory should serve as a nexus of these collective movements by bringing advocacy, research and action together in one platform.

Keywords
Gender; sport; feminism; equality; development; United Nations

Journal
Sport in Society: Volume 22, Issue 11

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2019
Publication date online30/09/2019
Date accepted by journal30/07/2019
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30283
ISSN1743-0437
eISSN1743-0445