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Empowering Girls and Women through Physical Education and Sport - Advocacy Brief

23.03.2012

The topic of girls and physical education has been widely researched and reported. The issues influencing girls’ participation in physical education and sport and the potential benefits are well known. The issues are complex at policy and strategy, professional and institutional, and at personal and social levels. This advocacy brief gives an overview on up-to-date facts and figures and offers strategies to overcome inequalities in physical education.

Few facts: Girls and women as group experience inequality in relation to boys and men, but not all females experience inequality to the same degree, so strategies for change need to be targeted at specific groups. Biological determinism continues to be a strong though often unspoken influence working against girls’ participation in physical education. Children with immature motor competencies are unable to benefit from regular physical education later in life and research suggests that of children aged 3 to 5 years, girls are in general already behind boys in crucial skills such as object control, consisting of throwing, catching and kicking a ball.

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Empowering Girls and Women through Physical Education and Sport - Advocacy Brief. Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2012

ISBN: 978-92-9223-396-9 (Electronic version)