Murray The Gender Research Agenda


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  • Sarah and Megan’s Abstract: In 2007, the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG) Secretariat commissioned a review of the existing SDP literature as it related to best practices, challenges, and experiences in the field. This literature review examined several themes within the emerging field, and included a chapter on gender, sport, and development. The chapter on gender concluded with section headings: “What we know” and “What we don’t know and need to know” and left practitioners and scholars with a semi-structured research agenda from which to move forward. In this presentation, we examine the literature on gender, sport, and development that has emerged since this important report by 1) summarizing key academic articles produced since 2007, and 2) presenting the experiences of practitioners via WomenWin’s International Guidelines for Developing Sport Programs for Girls: Voices from the Field (2010). We establish this literature base on best practices, challenges, and experiences in the field in order to re-visit and re-engage the key questions presented from the SDP IWG literature review. What do SDP practitioners and researchers claim to know about the issue of gender within SDP programming in 2010, and what do we still need to know? What areas of inquiry should research on gender, sport, and development pursue, and how might it be done most effectively? We offer a workshop format in order to present our ideas and to gather others on an SDP gender research agenda. Terri’s Abstract: Beyond Sport: Designing a Platform for Advancing Education for Women and Girls The UN MDGs two and three on education and gender equality address the fact that in many areas of the world, women and girls are marginalized by social, economic and academic limitations. In the efforts taken toward meeting these goals, specifically regarding gender and education, the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group has acknowledged the integral role sports could play in promoting gender equity and empowering women in girls. However, the report also found that the value of sport, specifically for women and girls, is often overlooked as a tool for social change due to social, economic, and cultural barriers. There has been much work done to date from a range of government and non-government organizations to address these barriers and work collectively to devise solutions and advance programs to improve girls and women’s access to sport and education. This leadership has led to the creation of many research reports, blueprints for action, policy resolutions and conferences around women and girls in sport. Despite this wealth of leadership and resources, not all countries have been successful at leveraging these assets to meet the UN’s MDGs for education. Many still struggle with establishing a forum that connects the country’s key influencers from the private, government, education and sport sectors and allows cross-collaboration to translate ideas into concrete actions. This workshop will explore strategies for how to make these connections and translate these ideas into action. It will draw upon the model that Beyond Sport is launching at its annual summit this year in Chicago designed to integrate sport into the development of education policy. At this Summit, Beyond Sport will host a symposium on women and girls’ and education will bring together key influencers from five countries with the objective to share resources and expertise to develop and advance policy that uses sports as a tool for complying with MDGs two and three.
  • Questions on ‘gender’ from ISDPA online discussion area: 1. What do you see as the current status of the field of gender and sport for development and peace? 2. What is your vision for gender and sport for development and peace? 3. What are some personal stories or moments you can share that capture the opportunities and challenges of addressing gender in the context of sport for development and peace?
  • Murray The Gender Research Agenda

    1. 1. ISDPA Power of Sport Summit Breakout: Gender I Panel Participants: Sarah J. Murray Women Win Terri Lakowski, Esq. Beyond Sport Megan Chawansky, PhD University of Bath Moderated by Heather Cameron
    2. 2. What we know and what we still need to know (from academic literature) <ul><li>Early phases of research focused on addressing theoretical possibilities and likely barriers facing girls’ involvement in SDP programs. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tangible versus ideological barriers. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Possibilities of transforming gendered relationships between boys and girls through SDP programs (Brady, 2005). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research on what this looks like and how it is done. </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. What we know and what we still need to know (from academic literature) <ul><li>Research on the “periphery” people involved in SDP projects. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Their understanding of girls’ sport participation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The involvement of women in “periphery” roles. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Calls for more research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More consideration on how this research is done, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to acknowledge intersectionality within the research field and research relationships. </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Questions for Discussion <ul><li>Can you describe a sound model or approach for designing policy in this space? What considerations must be taken into account, particularly in the developing world when creating gender policy integrating sport for development? </li></ul><ul><li>How does/should knowledge from academia and on the ground experience shape the formation and execution of policy? </li></ul>