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Report Initiatives for Women in the Northern Territory 1983-1993



Report Initiatives for Women in the Northern Territory 1983-1993

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Tabled Paper 1888


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Marshall Perron


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The policy d o cu m en t h a s am ong its targets: to a d d re ss the issue of declining sporting sk ills ability w hen en tering adolescence and the resu lting d rop -ou t ra te from physical activity of girls in th is age group. An active girls program h as been ru n n in g in D arw in since 1990 u n d e r the um b re lla of AUSSIE SPORT. A nother p rogram h a s b een se t u p in Alice Springs in 1993. V arious activities have been schedu led th ro u g h o u t th e year to en su re th a t girls have th e o p p o rtu n ity to partic ipa te in spo rting and recrea tional activities. To e n su re th a t access to facilities, funding an d expertise, for exam ple coaching, is equitable. An im p o rtan t a sp ec t of access to facilities is the availability of child care w hilst tak in g p a r t in a sporting or recrea tional activity, consequen tly the s tra tegy will identity a range of options in rela tion to child care. G irls an d w om en will a lso be encouraged an d skilled to take on roles su c h as officials, ad m in is tra to rs and coaches w ith in sporting an d recrea tiona l o rgan isations. To encourage the m edia to en su re th a t the am o u n t, style and p resen ta tio n of coverage given to w om en an d girls in sp o rt an d recrea tion is fair and unb iased . Positive role m odels are im portan t e lem ents in seeking g rea te r public ity an d recognition for girls and w om en in sp o rt an d recreation . The m edia h a s a g rea t im pact on the way the general public perceive a sport, a personality or a n activity. It is an issu e th a t will need a special m easures cam paign to h igh ligh t the im balance in the am o u n t of public ity given to fem ale o rien ta ted activities.