The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Al-Hassan has attributed the low participation of women in sports to cultural factors which has denied them of leadership positions in sports administration.
The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development stated this at the inauguration of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) Women in Sports Commission in Abuja.
Al-Hassan, who was represented by a Director in the ministry, Ofem Mbang said the belief that women could not lead men was singled out as the main cultural factor denying women leadership position in sports.
The minister added that low women participation in sports and lack of role models are also major social factors which lead to women under-representation in sports leadership.
Al-Hassan said inadequacy of finance to send women for further training in sports was also a key economic factor which contributed to the under-representation of women in sports leadership.
She urged the National Sports Commission and the NOC to come up with affirmative action to guarantee women access to sports activities, selection to international competitions and provision of leadership.
Al-Hassan said the media should be used as a valuable tool of educating the public on the importance of sports to all, irrespective of gender.
She also called for more coverage and exposure of female athletes to attract more women to sports.