CMG & DNA talks about gender equality in sports
The DNA Foundation are working with ”Gender equality” during 2018 and traveled to London to discuss the topic. Client Manager Maria Karlsson De Cecco and CMG client Magdalena Eriksson were invited to talk about their view of gender equality in football and what opportunities they see for working with gender equality, nationally and internationally.
We talked to Maria afterwords and she told us a lot of important inputs and reflections from the seminar.
Magdalena Eriksson, Chelsea FCW and Maria Karlsson De Cecco, CMG
“We talked about perseverance, and that this is an issue and a subject that you do not change overnight. It takes a lot of commitment, transparency and, above all, understanding. Changing structures takes time and is an ongoing work.”
What was the most important question, in your opinion, that you talked about during the seminar?
It was absolutely the questions that concerned what can be done at grassroots level in a club to achieve equality. To create equal conditions for young girls and boys for them to reach their dreams in the football. We also talked about the importance of having licensed coaches at a young age for both girls and boys.
From Magalena Eriksson’s perspective, she talked about several events in her own career that was linked to gender equality and I think many people got an ”aha” experience about what a big difference it actually is at the highest professional level between women and men.
Magda also stated that the difference between Chelsea and teams in the Swedish top league Damallsvenskan, is mainly about the conditions and possibilities the players have in their daily lives to deliver at their maximum level. The difference of the pitch are a lot bigger than on the pitch.
What do you take away from the meeting?
I will take all the positive discussions with me, that was about the possibilities of gender equality and the interest to know more about how it actually is, on a day-to-day basis.
And also the fact that the only club in Sweden, with both women’s and men’s teams in the highest 2019 division, really wants to work with equality of the sport, both at management level and at the level of players and coaches. It will be exciting to see how Djurgårdens IF will work with this in practice and where they will be in their gender equality work in a few years from now.
At last, is there anything else you’d like to share?
We talked about perseverance, and that this is an issue and a subject that you do not change overnight. It takes a lot of commitment, transparency and, above all, understanding. Changing structures takes time and is an ongoing work.
Both me and Magdalena are happy to have been involved and discuss the question and we wish Djurgårdens IF all the best in their gender equality work!
Magdalena Eriksson, Chelsea FCW, Kevin Walker, player at Djurgårdens IF and Maria Karlsson De Cecco, Client Manager CMG
Joel Riddez, Coach Djurgårdens IF Women, Magdalena Eriksson Chelsea FCW, Kevin Walker, player at Djurgårdens IF and Maria Karlsson De Cecco, Client Manager CMG
Magdalena Eriksson Chelsea FCW, Tom Davidson, co-founder of DNA and Maria Karlsson De Cecco, Client Manager CMG
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