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Crowd-funding campaign launched to tackle gender wage gap in surfing

28 June 2018 5:00 PM
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Surfing
Sport
Gender pay gap
Female Athletes
Roxy Louw

Female surfing star Roxy Louw says not enough is being done to promote women surfing in South Africa and around the world.

Female surfing star Roxy Louw says the gender pay gap in surfing has been a problem for many years.

Louw says not enough is being done to promote women surfing in South Africa and around the world.

She explains that the inequality in prize money is also affected because technically there are always more male entrants than female entrants at competitions.

The girls and the guys pay equal amount to get to the contest, but there are also a lot more men surfers than women.

Roxy Louw, Ambassador at Oakley International

I've had times when I was surfing that men have told me 'You're a girl, you can't do this'.

Roxy Louw, Ambassador at Oakley International

The prize money has been a problem for a very long time.

Roxy Louw, Ambassador at Oakley International

Read: Surfing SA: gender gap in competition prize money 'an embarrassment to surfing'

While the number of entries may technically affect the prize money, Thomas King, one of South Africa's top-ranked standup paddlers says something has to change.

Meanwhile, a crowd-funding initiative has been established in response to the unequal prize winnings given to two junior surfing champs at the Ballito Pro surfing event.

The campaign, titled Women love Sport SA, will raise money to help pay women competitors and support local surfing organisations.

Campaign coordinator, Jess Basson, says it is time that women are paid justly in order to open opportunities and remove barriers to entry in the sport.

We're inviting people to donate to a crowd-fund that will go towards supplementing women's winnings in local contests and making donations to organisations that are doing amazing work.

Jess Basson, campaign creator at Women love Sport SA

It's often hard for female athletes to speak about the discrimination they face. They need advocates to come along side them.

Jess Basson, campaign creator at Women love Sport SA

The gap between the prize money is an obstacle to opportunities for women athletes.

Jess Basson, campaign creator at Women love Sport SA

Women have had limited opportunities in sport for so long. We need justice more than we need fairness.

Jess Basson, campaign creator at Women love Sport SA

Visit the Women love Sport SA Facebook page and BackaBuddy profile for more.

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28 June 2018 5:00 PM
Tags:
Surfing
Sport
Gender pay gap
Female Athletes
Roxy Louw

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