The Professional Squash Association (PSA), along with the PSA Foundation (PSAF), are delighted to announce that it has become the first signatory to support the United Nations Women Sports for Generation Equality initiative.
The Sports for Generation Equality Initiative is ran by UN Women, and signatories will work together on a set of common principles and aligned objectives to harness the power of sport, with the goal of making gender equality a reality throughout sport.
Under the leadership of UN Women, the Sports for Generation Equality Initiative will constitute a neutral space for enhancing cooperation among members to leverage and share knowledge and resources in order to achieve objectives such as promoting women’s leadership and participation in sport, and closing the gap in investment in women’s sport.
The PSA was one of the first sports to submit a letter of commitment for this initiative, which reflects the sport’s intent to contribute to the implementation of the Sports for Generation Equality principles and commit to working collaboratively with peers and relevant stakeholders to develop, implement and enhance the gender equality agenda throughout the sport.
Squash has already made significant strides in the promotion of gender equality with all PSA Platinum events now having equal prize money across the men’s and women’s draws, while the 2019-20 PSA Women’s World Championship became the first World Championship in the sport’s history to offer a prize purse higher than that of the men’s World Championship.
“We are proud to be one of the first signatories to the Sports for Generation Equality Initiative and look forward to working with UN Women and all other members of the initiative as we look to achieve the objectives outlined in the framework.” said PSA Foundation Board Member Ashley Bernhard.
“I have worked closely with UN Women and have seen first-hand the excellent work they do in championing gender equality around the globe. Their core objectives are in line with the PSA Foundation’s, so I’m delighted that I have been able to facilitate this connection between the two parties.
“The Professional Squash Association and PSA Foundation have made considerable progress in promoting gender equality and we look forward to working with our players, fans and other stakeholders as we look to achieve our goals.”