SWoSt Local Meeting #3 26.03.2021

The day after the second local meeting among all LSIIDP members, local project SWOST members Sandija Zalupe and Kaspars Saknins held another local meeting to on hot feet not to lose any of the urgent information. Documents LSIIDP SWOST team members dealt with were the following:

1.Research on "Dzimuma aspekta ietekmes analīzes valsts un pašvaldības budžeta procesos" (Eng. 'Gender Impact Analysis in State and Local Government Budget Processes') 2017 that concern also gender equality issues relating sport - to be further worked on and the abstract reported to the WP2 leader and the project coordinator.

Video on "Dzimumu līdztiesība sportā: Vai vīriešu sporta veidi medijos ir redzamāki nekā sieviešu?" (Eng. Gender Equality in Sport: Are Men's Sports More Visible in the Media than Women's?) 2017 dealing with the current situation not only in Latvia, but also in Lithuania.

3.Article on "Sieviete sporta pasaulē — stereotipu laušana" (Eng. "A Woman in the World of Sports - Breaking Stereotypes') 2017 interviewing ex-president of the biggest sport federations of Latvia - Athletics.

4.Article on "Sievietes sportā: seksisms, vienlīdzība vai godīgums?" (Eng. 'Women in Sport: Sexism, Equality or Fairness?') 2018 dealing with concerns about sexism in tennis and beach volleyball.

5.Statistics on "Dzimumu līdztiesības rādītāji Centrālā statistikas pārvalde" (Eng. 'Gender Equality Indicators') 2019 from Central Statistical Bureau regarding six main fields: education, employment, social security, authority, violence, health. Learning the data of authority regarding the proportion of elected women and men in Saeima of Latvia, it is more than twice as much for men, which is also observed among sport functionaries of Latvia.

Research on "Dzimumu līdztiesības principu īstenošana Latvijas pašvaldībās" (Eng. 'Implementation of Gender Equality Principles in Local Governments of Latvia') 2003, among different facts regarding gender equality in sport recognizing the promotion of a sporty lifestyle associated only with the lifestyle and health of one sex - men.

Research on "Dzimumu līdztiesības principu integrēšana mācību grāmatās" (Eng. 'Gender Mainstreaming in Textbooks') 2005, identifying unequal demands in school sport lessons between girls and boys in elementary grades.

8.Project Erasmus+ Sport (579709-PPE-1-2016-2-EL-SPO-SCP) "Godīga spēle un gandarījums sportā" (Eng. 'Fair Play and Happiness through Sports') 2017, with the project partners: Latvia, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece. The Latvian language guide identifies that gender equality in sport is directly linked to gender hierarchies in society. One point that especially needs the attention of coaches is the risk of creating stereotypes between men's and women's sports activities, when boys choose to participate in so-called "women's" sports (eg.skating, gymnastics). Something similar is happening with girls, who feel a strong call for "men's sports" (eg.football, martial arts).

9.Qualitative research on "Iedzīvotāju izpratne un attieksme pret dzimumu līdztiesības jautājumiem" (Eng. 'Comprehension and Attitude of Citizens towards Gender Equality Issues') 2001, regarding education field and recognizing "athletes boys" and unfair attitude towards women's heptathlon and men's decathlon.

10. Video on "Salauzt stereotipu" (Eng. 'Break a Stereotype') 2021, where a well-known Latvian woman coach of Freestyle Wrestling. She says: "I want to break the stereotype that only boys can wrestle. Girls also can. Freestyle Wrestling develops strength, endurance, dexterity, flexibility, coordination, character and discipline. It is also necessary for women and girls," a Freestyle Wrestling Coach Irina Petrova from Daugavpils is confident."

11. Research on "Gender Equality in the Media" 2021, where ITF examines sports gender equality across the media and social media, commissioned as part of its ITF’s Advantage All gender equality strategy. Findings reveal clear differences in the way male and female players are portrayed.

12. Article on "COVID-19, women, girls and sport: Build back better" 2020, revealing that impacts of COVID-19 are already being felt harder by women and girls in many areas of life due to gender inequalities, and this is mirrored in sport. It presents key recommendations to different actors in the sport ecosystem so that women and girls’ gains in sport are not lost.

13. Work Group of the Minsitry of Education and Science on a reasearch of "Sporta finansēšanas modeļa pilnveide" (Eng. 'Improvement of Sports Financing Model' of Latvia) 2021, covering also an issue of equality. Federations should be considered as the basic unit in national sport and, given the large number of recognized federations, special care should be taken to ensure equal opportunities for all. Yet the gathered research data do not show the equality. This Working Group continues to work on the development and implementation of this study.