IMPORTANCEOF GENDER EQUALITY IN SPORTS
Inarguably,sports have been a male dominated area. Though the inclusion of womenhas come a long way, truth is, more still needs to be done to ensurethat there is gender equality in sports. One of the majorimportance’s of equality of gender in sports is that increasedparticipation of women in sports does not only positively impact theindividuals but also positively impacts the society. In accordance toTitle X at 40 (2015) girls and women that play sports are not likelyto get pregnant in their puberty years. Engaging the girls in sportswith an aim of achieving gender equality would not only reduce therate of unwanted pregnancies in the society but would also reduce therisk of young girls being infected with H.I.V/AIDs and other sexuallytransmitted diseases. Research has also proved that women that engagein sports are likely not to take drugs compared to those that do notplay. Therefore, sports can be part of a solution to the ever growingdrug problem globally.
Participationof women in sports also reduces the risk of contracting sicknessessuch as cancer, heart disease and obesity which are all lifethreating diseases that also come with financial responsibility inmedical bills. Furthermore, Title IX at 40 (2015) explains that girlsthat participate in sports are more likely to graduate from campuscompared to girls that do not participate in sports. Additionally, itis a requirement of the law that both men and women be treatedequally. Encouraging women and girls to participate in sports willalso present them with an opportunity of accessing the athleticscholarships and sponsorships. Athletic scholarships can help educategirls and the society at large. In addition to girls getting educatedthrough athletic scholarships, encouraging girls to join sports isempowering them financially as sports are an economic power house.
TitleIX at 40, 2015, “Title IX and Athletics: proven benefits, unfoundedobjections”.7-25