Gender Equality In Sport Implies Breaking Down Stereotypes Against Women – Gov Diri’s SSA

Governor Diri of Bayelsa

The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Bayelsa State Governor on Tourism, Mr. Piriye Kiyaramo has said that gender equality in sport implies breaking down all harmful stereotypes that have continued to make women less likely to take up sporting career to become professional athletes and leaders in the sport sector.

Mr. Kiyaramo stated this when he received the President General of the Character Moulding Foundation, an affiliate of the League of Character Clubs International, Miss Colony Christian Kokoriko, organisers of Queen Josephine Diete-Spiff Female Soocer Cup Competition in his office in Yenagoa on Friday.

He hinted that a recent research commissioned by the governing body of football in Europe (UEFA), found out that teenage girls who play football report higher levels of self-confidence than those who play other sports, informing that UEFA has resolved to make football Europe’s number one sport for girls.

The governor’s aide said experts believe that being part of a football team gives girls strong a sense of self-esteem as well as helps them to overcome anxiety, making them feel less self-conscious, and crucially, empowers them with the confidence to reach their goals, adding that “sport as a leisure activity also improves our health and quality of life”.

He maintained that sport as a global industry promotes social inclusion and cooperation around the world, saying that sport can benefit all girls and women and it can be a life changer in countries where gender discrimination and inequality are particularly widespread

According to Mr. Kiyaramo, sport, which has the power to change lives, equally has the ability to drive gender equality by teaching women and girls teamwork, self-reliance, resilience and confidence and that women in sport defy gender stereotypes and social norms, inspiring role models, and showing men and women as equals.

He said though, traditionally being a male dominated sport, women’s football is growing in popularity and influence, football can be used to address some of the behaviours and attitudes that give rise to high levels of violence against women and girls.

Earlier, the President General of Character Moulding Foundation, Miss Colony Christian Kokoriko said she was in his office to brief him about the forthcoming Queen Josephine Diete-Spiff Female Soocer Cup Competition among secondary schools in Bayelsa State slated for November 17, 2022 in Yenagoa, while seeking support from the state government.

She was accompanied by the National Women Leader and Director of Protocol of League of Character Clubs International, Mrs. Victoria Agwu Kokoriko and the President General of the League of Character Clubs International, High Chief Christian Kokoriko.

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