PHILIPPINE Rugby made history twice as it got a seat for the first time on the World Rugby Council, with the council’s first ever female member, Philippine Rugby’s Secretary General Ada Milby.
World Rugby is the international governing body for the sport of Rugby Union and is one of the leading sporting federations that supports a Gender Balance policy across all levels of governance.
Milby made her international rugby debut in 2012, and was selected as the Team Captain for the National Womens Rugby Team the Lady Volcanoes later that year. She served as the Head of Development for grassroots rugby in 2013, launching the Get Into Rugby program in the same year and was later nominated for the Philippine Rugby Board of Directors.
Since 2013, Milby has continued to make waves across Philippine Rugby and Asia Rugby, she is now looking to represent not only gender equality, but Philippine Rugby on the global stage.
“I’m so honored and humbled to be the first woman council member appointed for World Rugby Council following the strong support for Gender Inclusion at the highest level. Not only does it create the space for more women leadership to be accepted at all levels of the Game for Rugby but it is a strong statement and call to action for other sporting codes to show that when you are fully committed to Gender Inclusion, the solutions may manifest in ways not previously considered. I applaud World Rugby and its commitment to continue building a Game that is truly a ‘Sport For All’” Milby shared.
The Asia Rugby Federation was the first of the World Rugby regional associations to support the Gender Balance policy implemented by World Rugby. The association unanimously voted in favor for their Asia Rugby Executive Committee member to be the regional associations first ever female representative the World Rugby Council.
World Rugby will appoint 16 more women to be filled following their decision to promote the International Olympic Committee’s target of a minimum 30% representation by women across all levels of governance.