A Public Values Perspective
Edited by Peter Leisink, Paul Boselie, Maarten van Bottenburg and Dian Marie Hosking
Chapter 10: Understanding the lack of gender equity in leadership positions in (sport) organization
A democratic society is built in part on perceptions that social justice, equal rights and equal opportunities prevail (Edwards 2009). These assumptions of equity in opportunity and treatment engender mutual trust and are fundamental to the formation of social cohesion and social capital in a democratic civil society. Equity, including gender equality, is therefore regarded as a public value (Jorgensen and Bozeman 2007). The worldwide importance attached to gender equality is evident in the eight Millennium Development Goals the United Nations developed in 2000. The third UN goal describes the importance of the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women. Gender plays an important role in the world of sport as well. In addition, equity, especially fairness, is assumed to be the basis for sport activities and competitions.
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