Building cultural inclusion in sport

23 July 2020

This report is the first to explore how Muslim women access sport and active recreation in Aotearoa New Zealand, and the challenges in doing so.

We recognise the importance of creating spaces for the voices and experiences of Muslim women, as well as those involved in organising sport and active recreation with Muslim women participants. This report highlights key themes that emerged from conversations with Muslim girls and women, and sports administrators in 2019.

The first piece of research for this report was completed by Dr Nida Ahmad and Professor Holly Thorpe at the University of Waikato in collaboration with researchers at Sport Waikato and Sport New Zealand. The second was completed by Haidee Scott from Perception in collaboration with Sport Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, Canterbury Cricket and Mainland Football.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koe to the 106 individuals from Aotearoa New Zealand’s Muslim communities and sport sectors who shared their lived experiences and knowledge with us.

Jazākom Allāhu Khayran, mihi koe koutou katoa.



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