The Women’s World Cup isn’t only one of the nations biggest events, but it has also become one of the most highlighted events in recent times. It is an opportunity, a major opportunity for the conversation of equal pay to not only make its way into the gender pay gap conversation, but to stay there permanently until a positive result is obtained.
In March, the team filed for a lawsuit. They had been consistently generating increased revenue and more momentum than the men’s team, but were consistently denied any sort of raise in their salaries.
This time the fight is about more than just pay, they also want equal opportunities for women to expand into international leadership roles.
All of this matters beyond sport. Systematic inequalities in sport have a major impact on people’s lives and reflect diverse social, economic and political inequalities. The observatory should be the platform that monitors, advocates and ensures equality in sport – and beyond. If it does that, everyone will benefit. As Benjamin Franklin once said: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
Although progress has been slow, some movement has occurred. In February 2019, UNESCO introduced a “global observatory,” for women in sports would push further alignment of the UN’s gender equality goals in alignment with women in sports. Post 2004 Olympics there was a proposal to review the global observatory which was then officially agreed upon in 2019.
This entire situation reminds me of the time when I used to play basketball with the guys. No matter how good I played, or tried – I always had to prove something. Eventually, I realized that I should not feel as if I need to prove something. I was good enough to be on the court, and people will see that on their own. Everyone deserves the right to showcase their talent without having to compensate the rights they deserve. How much longer do women have to fight inorder to be treated equally?
Sending a lot of positive vibes your way,