Dame Caroline Dinenage, Member of Parliament for Gosport and Chair of the Culture, Media & Sport Committee, has said “It shouldn't take a crisis or a scandal for sports bodies to take a look at themselves or need a select committee to get involved before these issues are taken seriously.” in the Parliament ’Committee Corridor’ podcast on the theme of racism, misogyny and discrimination in women’s sport.
Caroline discussed her committee’s role in holding sport governing bodies to account, and in highlighting the need for more work to combat the discrimination that is prevalent in some high-profile sports.
The Culture, Media & Sport Committee, which Caroline has Chaired since May, is currently holding an inquiry into Women’s Sport.
In this episode of the podcast, hosted by Chair of the Women & Equalities Committee Caroline Nokes, Dinenage spoke about the recent ICEC report into equity in cricket which concluded that racism, class based discrimination, elitism and sexism were widespread and deep rooted. She also stressed the importance of women’s sport to our communities, economy, and the health & wellbeing of millions.
Speaking in the podcast, Dinenage said:
”We've had some really positive evidence from different sports on the outlook for women, but we just want to make sure that as well as hearing the good news stories, we're also hearing some of the concrete action to root out problems once and for all and to get them sorted.
Sport has so much potential on every single level, economically for our country, for people's health and wellbeing. And it shouldn't be gendered.”