Women in sport - International Women's Day (19.8.2016)
Written on the 10 March 2016
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
I raised this issue earlier in my constituency question, but I would like to reiterate it in my members statement because I was alarmed recently to learn that according to recent research the majority of teenage girls and nearly 60 per cent of girls aged 15 between 17 report doing little or no exercise.
The majority of teenage girls in Australia nearly 60 per cent of girls, as I said do not do any exercise. So I would like to commend the federal Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, for taking this issue extremely seriously by launching the Girls Make Your Move campaign. The campaign highlights to girls and their parents how their decision to opt out of regular exercise can have lifelong impacts.
Reports suggest that obesity amongst women is becoming a very real problem. Women are more likely than men to be overweight from their teenage years, with 43 per cent of women aged 18 to 24 either overweight or obese. As we know, chronic disease as a result of obesity causes conditions such as diabetes, depression and cardiovascular disease, and they can be avoided if we get more girls and women playing sport.
The issue I raised earlier about the Grass Ceiling campaign a campaign running in my electorate of Southern Metropolitan Region which calls for more female change rooms and sporting facilities is to be commended.
On International Women's Day then, where the theme is gender parity, I am calling on the Andrews government to ensure that girls and women are just as able to play sport and be engaged with the sport of their choice. After all, a lot of netball courts can fit into a footy oval or a cricket field.