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Women in Sport Today Women Against Men? It may be argued that women still do not compete on equal terms with men in many sports, but this is really a matter of performance rather than opportunity. This is traceable not to lack of application or unsuitability, but to physiological differences. We need to take into account that women in many sports are following rules originally designed by men to test male skills. It may be that some sports would see women emerge as more successful than men if they were played within a regulatory framework which was adapted to female strengths. This is unlikely ever to happen, because the traditions in women's sport are now so strong, but it is one more factor which has worked against women as competitors in sport. While physiological differences may have narrowed considerably in the last thirty years, they are still wide enough for almost all athletic competition to require single-gender participation. There are exceptions. Women have competed at the top level at croquet, but this is not a popular activity: the outstanding success of women in equestrian events, on the other hand, has shown that the term 'horsemanship' is not only sexist but inaccurate. However, women do not and almost certainly will not compete with men in most sports, and, indeed, there is no reason why they should, although there is occasionally a dispute over which sports should be classed as unisex - rally driving and equestrianism are, but should sailboarding and ballet skiing be single-sex, too? Brailsford [1991: 142] compares male / female differences to divisions within sport for men, to which solutions have been found: ...and if the competition is to be separate, why should women slavishly follow game forms which were originally devised by and for men? It is the sort of issue which male sport has had to face within its own confines in the past. ...read more.


1.5 infrastructure changes to protect women from inequality, exploitation, poverty and violence; and to enable them to reach their full potential 1.6 the right of women to: * make informed choices about their lives, such as in lifestyle, sexual identity, health, whether to bear children and their reproductive process * have discriminatory laws against them repealed * choose whether they participate in the areas of paid work and/or domestic responsibility (this should be a right for men as well) * a guaranteed adequate income (GAI) to provide the means of choice (see Social Citizenship and Welfare Policy) 1.7 recognition of the real status and value of the unpaid caring roles carried out by people in our society 1.8 changes to address problems inherent in existing power structures - hierarchy, hegemony and patriarchy have been the dominant practices of our society, and have shaped our political system 1.9 women having equal access to all forms of education and training. Women and Violence 1.10 All women have a right to safety at home, on the street and in the workplace, but violence against women is not only a women's problem. Breaking the cycle of domestic violence in particular is a societal problem and the provision of shelter and refuge should be considered only a short-term solution. Any act of violence should be condemned publicly and privately as unacceptable. The Australian Greens' long-term objective is to create an environment of non-violence, and to provide care and protection for victims in the interim. Women and Pornography 1.11 The Australian Greens oppose the production, performance, display and distribution of pornographic material which depicts women and children as suitable objects for violence and sexual exploitation. Women and Education 1.12 The Australian Greens seek to ensure educational experiences and outcomes for girls and women that enable full and equal participation in all aspects of economic and social life. Women and the Environment The environmental decision-making process has, to date, largely excluded women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and other minority groups. ...read more.


Women and Education The Australian Greens will work towards: 3.23 providing adequate funding for the support structures and support personnel necessary to implement national policy 3.24 ensuring that affirmative action is practised in schools to overcome the attitudes inherent in our society that result in different expectations for girls and boys, including changing school curricula and increasing girls' participation in areas of maths, science, technology and trades 3.25 applying affirmative action to increase the number of women in senior, policy and decision-making positions in educational systems 3.26 providing bridging courses for women to facilitate their entry into the formal education arena 3.27 expanding women's participation in science and technology to ensure that the introduction of new technology does not further the advantage of men 3.28 increasing women's access to training and education in the use and understanding of computers and computer technology. Women and the Law The Australian Greens will work towards: 3.29 applying affirmative action to ensure that more women hold senior level positions within the government departments responsible for policy, administration and enforcement of the law 3.30 applying affirmative action to ensure that more women hold senior faculty positions within schools of law 3.31 strengthening laws which prohibit portrayal of women or children as objects of violence or sexual exploitation 3.32 amending the De Facto Relationships Act to recognise de facto relationships (including same sex relationships) in law as equal to legalised marriage (see LGBTI Policy). Women and the Environment The Australian Greens will work towards: 3.33 ensuring equal representation of women on environmental decision-making bodies 3.34 applying affirmative action principles to ensure women are able to participate at all levels of planning implementation and assessment of environmental policy. Women and Sport The Australian Greens will work towards: 3.35 providing public education to raise awareness of women's rights to equal recreation and the importance of this 3.36 providing public education to change attitudes towards women in sport. ...read more.

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