While there have been improvements made in women’s sport over recent years, there is still a long way to go.
In 2018, a study by Women in Sport found that around 1.5 million more men play sport than women each week, and just eight per cent of girls are meeting recommended exercise guidelines.
Couple this with 40% of women in the sports industry facing gender discrimination and it is evident that the disparity still exists and cannot be brushed over.
This Girl Can week, which runs from 2-10 March, hopes to tackle gender inequality while championing female sport.
Through putting on a host of events and inclusive sport sessions with This Girl Can t-shirt giveaways, the week aims to raise the profile and engagement of female participation in sport as well as highlighting the inequalities that still exist in the industry.
The Students’ Union hopes to challenge stereotypes and celebrate women who represent Sheffield University through all types of sporting participation, regardless of what level you are or if you have never played sport before.
The This Girl Can programme has a whole range of different opportunities to engage in, ranging from Social Sport and Club Sport sessions, a Women on Wheels Day, Women in Sport panel discussions, films and debating events as well as a special #ThisGirlCan ROAR, all with a focus on encouraging and empowering women in sport.
Earlier this year, Sheffield Students’ Union Sports Officer Sarah Morse and Welfare Officer Katharine Swindells collaborated with Sport Sheffield to create weekly women-only gym sessions at Goodwin Sports Centre every Sunday between the hours of 6-7pm.
A full list of the timetable can be found over on Twitter @ForgeSport and on forgetoday.com/sport.