Sport is one of the most powerful platforms for promoting gender equality and whilst things have improved, there is still progress to be made.
In this episode of Unreported Europe, speaks to some women in the industry about how they were discriminated against because of their gender. Stories of women in sport
Charlotte Girard-Fabre is a former international ice hockey referee. Her words were frank and to the point when she shared her past experience.
“Since my first match I heard horrible things like dirty ^^^^^ or, you have nothing to do here. Hockey is a sport for men, go back to the kitchen,” she said.
“I was nine, I wanted to start ice hockey in my club and I was immediately told that girls and boys couldn’t go on the ice together,” she added.
Beatrice Barbusse is a sociologist and the general secretary of the French Handball Federation. She has also written a book about sexism in sport.
Her take on it is that women are put on trial before they even start.“We are put on trial for being incompetent regardless. Because you are a woman you are not competent to start with. It’s up to us to demonstrate that we are competent. For a man you don”t even ask,” she said.Campaigning for more equalityDespite the challenges, a number of women are pushing to make a difference in their disciplines.Audrey Cordon-Ragot is the French national road race champion. She doesn’t only ride to win, but also to promote the position of women in […]