Other Sports: Sailing-Ocean Race targets gender equality by 2030

(Reuters) – The Ocean Race, a yacht race world wide, is aiming to have an equal variety of women and men competing within the occasion by 2030, it mentioned on Thursday.

The Ocean Race, held each three or 4 years since 1973, mentioned it hopes to attain the goal via combined crews or all-female groups.

A 2019 strategic assessment by World Sailing Trust into girls in crusing confirmed that 80% of girls and 56% of males suppose that gender equality is a matter within the sport, whereas 59% of girls mentioned they’d skilled gender discrimination.

“Not solely are girls lacking out on alternatives, the career can also be lacking out on the talents, energy and expertise that they create to the desk,” mentioned Anne-Cecile Turner, Sustainability Director at The Ocean Race.

“Sailing can safe its repute, and its future, by coming collectively as an business. We must construct bridges, not work in silos.”

The Ocean Race will create a roadmap for motion, together with suggestions from World Sailing Trust’s strategic assessment.

The suggestions embrace making a fast-track management programme to make a pipeline of feminine leaders throughout the game, constructing an equality design working group and a variety and inclusion working group, led by World Sailing Trust.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru, enhancing by Ed Osmond)

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