Women And Girls In Sport In Ireland – Let’s Level The Playing Field

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The Minister of State with responsibility for New Communities, Culture and Equality and Drugs Strategy, Mr. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, T.D., and the Minister of State with responsibility for Tourism and Sport, Mr. Michael Ring, T.D. held the following conference:


on 28th October 2015
The Printworks Conference Centre
Dublin Castle

 The Conference Moderator was Joanne Cantwell, RTÉ

 The aims of the conference were to:
• promote greater participation of women and girls in sport in Ireland;
• highlight good practice taking place, both in Ireland and internationally;
• showcase the achievements of some of our talented sportswomen;
• highlight the variety of ways in which women in Ireland already participate in sport, including as decision-makers; administrators and volunteers; and
• explore the important role that sport plays in providing positive role models for women and girls.

An exciting line up of speakers, both national and international attended the event.

Opening the conference Minister Ring said, “Today’s conference has been a great opportunity to highlight the good work that is happening through the Women in Sport programme and to reflect on the positive results that have been achieved in recent years where women’s participation in sport has grown from 40.9% in 2011 to 42.7% in 2013. This is equivalent to over 750,000 women and girls aged 16 and over participating in sport on a weekly basis.

"I am very hopeful that these numbers will continue to rise and that more and more women and girls can enjoy the health and social benefits that come with participation in sport and physical activity. My Department will shortly be undertaking a consultation on a new National Sports Policy, following which we will develop a framework for sport for the next ten years, including a framework for further increasing women’s participation in sport.”

Welcoming the opportunity to co-host today’s event Minister Ó Ríordáin said, “Sport is a fantastic vehicle for integration and equality, which is why I am delighted to be co-hosting today’s conference with Minister Ring. Often we focus on male achievements in Irish sport and overlook the equally fantastic victories of our female sportspeople.

“Today is about giving a platform for the promotion of women in sport, discussing what we can do to promote female sporting achievements and organisations at all levels. It is about changing the narrative around the coverage of women in sport in our media and levelling the playing field so that all victories, female or male, are given equal attention and merit.”

Details of the programme and speaker presentations can be found using the links below.

 Women in Sport

Tánaiste Joan Burton and Ministers of State Aodhán O'Ríordáin and Michael Ring with Moderator Joanne Cantwell and a number of participants at the Women in Sport conference

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