We’re supporting programs to improve women’s health and wellbeing and increase women and girls’ participation in sport and recreation.
Gender impacts our health and wellbeing outcomes
- 2 to 3 times more women than men experience mental health problems like depression and anxiety. Harmful stereotypes about sexuality and body image play a part in this.
- The gender pay gap and Inequality at work puts women at higher risk of physical and mental illness.
- Gender-based violence and harassment affect how and when women access and use public services and spaces.
- Men are more like to engage in risky behaviours - like drinking too much alcohol - that put them at greater risk of harm and injury. They are less likely to go to the doctor or seek help when they need it.
- Gender norms and stereotypes mean health outcomes for LGBTI people are often worse than for non-LGBTI people.
- Background, disability, location and economic status also impact health.
Sport can promote gender equality
Victorians love sport. As an important part our culture, sport can be a powerful vehicle for change.
- It can change the way communities view women and girls and the way women and girls see themselves.
- Seeing more women participate and lead in sport and recreation promotes a culture of respect and fairness.
- Being active is important for good mental and physical health. This is especially true for women, who are more likely to suffer from depression, low self-esteem and body image issues.
Participation in sport and recreation
Despite the benefits of physical activity for women, their participation rates in sport and recreation are lower than men’s.
- There are fewer opportunities for women to participate in organised sport.
- Women have less time and money to participate in sport and recreation.
- Many sporting facilities do not have functioning women’s change rooms.
- Facilities may only be available at limited or inconvenient times.
- Fear of judgement by others, racism and discrimination stops many women from being physically active in public.
- Women are under-represented in sport leadership positions.
- The gender pay gap in sport means that many female professional athletes can’t pursue their career full-time.
Case study: #HerTribe
We need better health outcomes for Aboriginal women. Read about #HerTribe, a successful healthy lifestyle and empowerment program.
Reviewed 30 March 2021