A postcolonial feminist approach to gender, development and EduSport

Authored by: Lyndsay Hayhurst , Margaret MacNeill , Wendy Frisby

Routledge Handbook of Sports Development

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  December  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415479967
eBook ISBN: 9780203885581
Adobe ISBN: 9781134019717


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Out of my way bureaucracy and political apathy. Move aside tradition, step down myth … I am a woman and I will Sport to my hearts content. Watch me.

(Lombe Annie Mwambwa 2008) It has been estimated that approximately 70 per cent of those living in poverty around the world are women and girls (Mohanty 2003). At the same time, international development scholars contend that ‘women are increasingly seen, by men as well as women, as active agents of change; the dynamic promoters of social transformation who can alter the lives of both women and men’ (Sen 2000: 189). In an attempt to build on the ‘promise’ of women as agents of development and to lessen the dire consequences of poverty, there has been increasing interest in sport for development interventions that specifically target women and girls in the Two-Thirds World 1 by the private sector, governments, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) (e.g. Kidd 2008; Mwaanga 2005; Nike Foundation 2008).

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