Bundoora Golf is committed to gender equity
Bundoora Golf club is proud to work with Darebin Council and This Girl Can to deliver a come and try day targeted at women, to promote gender quity in golf. We are using guidelines created from a partnership between the Australian Human Rights commission and Golf Australia. Currently participation rates for women and girls remain low in golf, and through using this framework we aim to increase these figures to benefit our club and the broader community. The benefits of gender equity has widespread effets in sporting clubs and the broader community.
Why are participation rates lower for women?
We know that women usually drop out of sport due to feelings of judgement from others, and many don't feel as though the sporting environment is a welcoming place. Often women take on traditional aretaker roles in family dynamics, and domestic labour in the household which may contribute to less time for social and sporting endeavours.
Why do we need gender equity?
Gender equity has many benefits within sporting clubs and the broader community. We are committed to increasing our membership base of women to increase the diversity of our club, the economic benefit and social outcomes.
Shouldn't we just treat everyone the same? Why don't men get a targeted campaign?
When looking at needs from an equity framework, it's important to give each group what they need, rather than everyone the same thing. The equal opportunity act allows for a special mesaure to be taken for the purpose of achieving substantive equality between women and men.
Special measures are positive actions used to promote equality for disadvantaged groups. They are often referred to as 'positive discrimination' or 'affirmative action', and address the unequal position of two groups of people (for example, men and women) by implementing a practice which favours the disadvantaged group. An example of this includes a come and try day specifically targeted at women to increase gender equity in our club.
Special measures in the context of golf
The following are examples of actions which may, depending on the circumstances, be regarded as a special measure:
- Reserving a number of board or management committee positions for women
- Establishing a women only committee to create an inclusive space for cwomen in the lub and increase the number of women members at a club (for exaple, a women's committee which has this as one of its objectives)
- Offering reduced fees for new women members, or waiving introductory fees and charges
- Holding training sessions for new women members
- Holding competitions for women only
- Allocating particular day/s in the weekly playing schedule to women only
The historical experience of women and girls in golf
Traditionally, women and girls could only join golf clubs as 'associate' or 'lady' members - a lower cost category of membership with fewer benefits than the membership enjoyed by men and boys. Reccomendations include non gendered membership fees.
A club's playing schedule has also historically had an impact on the ability of women and girls to participate in golf, particularly on Saturdays. Saturdays have traditionally been reserved for men and boys, with respect to both social and competitive play. A weekday (for example, Tuesdays), has traditionally been 'ladies' day'. This allocation of playing days was based on the assumption that women and girls did not perform paid work on weekdays. If women and girls are unable to acess the course on Saturdays, paying for a seven day membership is impractical.