Following the recent report published in the Daily Mirror regarding allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault against trainer Gay Kelleway, Women in Racing wishes to add its support to British Racing’s collective response and the BHA’s ongoing investigation into this matter. Research published earlier this year by Oxford Brookes University into women's representation and diversity in the horseracing industry also identified reports of degrading, sexist banter and sexual harassment, which indicates that this is an ongoing issue for the industry. Sexual harassment in any form within the sport of racing is unacceptable, and must not be tolerated. It is important that all members of the racing community are able to voice their concerns. Events such as these highlight the need for effective confidential reporting systems, to ensure that all allegations can be properly investigated and addressed and give industry participants confidence that such matters will be considered seriously.
Women in Racing support the BHA's establishment of the Diversity in Racing Steering Group. Via our members, we continue to work hard to influence policy on the issue of representation in British racing. Women in Racing exists to support, develop and connect women in the horse racing industry, and membership is available to any woman working in the sport. Anyone wishing to join, or requiring support within a friendly, encouraging network would be welcome to contact the committee.