Experiences of women in sports leadership in Kenya
M'mbaha, Janet Musimbi
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Research studies on women leaders have been on the increase over the last three decades. However research on African women in leadership is scarce. Specific to sport is that despite the exemplary performance of African women in sports over the last two decades, African women in sports leadership remain invisible. This study examined experiences of women in sport leadership in Kenya using social constructivism as the epistemological stance and feminism theoretical perspectives. Thirteen women leaders including physical educators, coaches, and sport administrators were selected from various sports organizations and education institutions in Kenya. These experiences were examined as they relate to their socialization, education and training, work and family lives, the challenges experienced, and how they are able to negotiate these in a male dominated world. The study builds on the 2004 International Olympic committee and Institute of Sport, Leisure Policy study on the women in National Olympic Committee (NOCs) from different nations around the world. This study highlighted important roles that women sports leaders play in the development of sports. It is hoped that the findings from the study will influence the national sports policy in Kenya, helping to create more opportunities for women and girls as participants and leaders in sport, operating in tandem with the “sport for all” mandate of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), whose purpose is to promote active lifestyles, and assisting in the crafting of legislative policy directives to augment promotion of women to position of leadership in sports. In addition, the study provides a new cultural dimension to the scholarship on women in sport leadership.