Women’s leadership in sports is a general term meaning: more women in management, more female managers in senior positions, more female trainers, more female referees, and more women in media. This is all in order to lead to an increase in the number of female athletes and have an essential positive influence on the issues of gender equality as well as management and leadership in Israeli sports.
Athena acts in various ways to promote appropriate representation of women among leading policy makers in sports, with a focus on reducing gaps and striving for equality, out of the desire for meaningful, egalitarian change on the part of decision makers, sports entities, federations, clubs, the media, and, of course, femael athletes.
Developing leadership and promoting women in the various sports will allow the female athletes who are ending their first career in sports a “second career” in sports management and sports professions - an attractive option for the future with room for long-term employment for female athletes.
Female trainers are underrepresented at the various sports clubs and associations – most choose not to apply for senior training, are absent from management centers, and encounter barriers arising from the fact of their womanhood. Most female trainers leave the profession at various stages of life.
The primary objectives of Athena – the National Center for Promoting Women’s Sports in Israel – include changing this scenario via: increasing awareness of gender barriers, expanding the community of trainers, promoting and retaining leading trainers, joint learning groups for peers, and activities for egalitarian and leading representation of female trainers at centers of influence in Israeli sports as a whole and women’s sports in particular.
‘Equality in Sports’ is a program in the framework of Women’s Leadership. Program participants will be women in positions of influence in their professions or organizations. Athena views these participants as change agents for promoting sports for girls, young women, and women, and, of course - advancing the cause of equality and gender fairness.
Following the success of these programs, we seek to create a network of course alumni for reinforcing the social network and discussing issues of gender-based change in the various spheres of activity.
A continuing course for ‘Equality in Sports’ participants to retain, assist, and develop their professional skills on gender issues, in order for the network to grow and expand over time.