Sydney Scoreboard – On 8 March 2011, the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport celebrated International Women’s Day by launching the ‘ Sydney Scoreboard’.
An important legacy of the 5th World Conference on Women and Sport, held in Sydney in 2010, it serves as a means to collect and display data on the gender balance of the board members, chair persons and CEOs of national and international sporting organisations.
The Sydney Scoreboard follows on from the Brighton Declaration, the legacy of the 1st World Conference on Women and Sport in 1994, which stated:
“Women are significantly under-represented in management, coaching and officiating, particularly at the higher levels. Without women leaders, decision makers and role models within sport, equal opportunities for woman and girls will not be achieved.”
The Sydney Scoreboard tracks women in leadership roles within sport organisations both nationally and internationally. At the time of launch, data had been collected from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, India, South Africa, Tanzania, the United Kingdom and Zambia, with further data being sought from all nations.
The International Working Group (IWG) of Women and Sport hopes that “by showing the percentages of men and women in positions of power and decision-making in sports administration across the globe… Sydney Scoreboard will ultimately motivate a world-wide increase in women’s representations on sports boards.”
“The representation of women in decision making positions is an issue in all spheres of life but seems to be even more challenging in the sporting arena with its strong tradition of male dominance,” said Johanna Adriaanse.
“I am optimistic that in time the Sydney Scoreboard, in combination with the Federal Government’s recently announced ‘women in sport register’ which is aimed at connecting sport with potential female board and administration candidates, will help to drive increased numbers of women on Australia’s sporting boards.”
WRNSW is partnering to currently update the Scoreboard as well as making a presentation on it’s Partnership for Strategic Planning Project with Council’s in Helsinki in June. The Scoreboard’s success will be evaluated at the 6th World Conference on Women and Sport in Finland in 2014. You can view Johanna Adriaanse’s introduction to the 6th World Conference on YouTube.
IWG partners with Greater Sydney Partnership
“We are inspired by the pioneering work of Johanna Adriaanse and the International Working Group in advancing this vital area of female sports leadership. The Greater Sydney Partnership is about seeding and supporting initiatives that enhance Sydney’s position as a global city. The Sydney Scorecard brings a new level of accountability to the progression of women in sport and challenges us as host city to maintain the highest global standards in this area. We look forward to getting behind the success of the Scoreboard within Australia and around the world.”
Womensport partners with UTS to update Sydney Scoreboard- Global Index of Women on Sports Board
See Media release below.
Womensport NSW Presents its Partnership for Strategic Planning Project with Councils in Helsinki.