PURPOSE

The purpose of this resource is to increase awareness about the experiences of women and girls, and provide recommendations to address the psycho-social factors that influence female athlete development, leadership and life-long participation in sport and physical activity. The resource is a supplement to Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L), a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada.

Women and girls, who account for more than 50 percent of the population of Canada, continue to be underrepresented in the sport and physical activity system. Awareness about biomechanical and physiological considerations unique to women and girls has increased, providing a foundation to improve training methods and competition programs for athletes. However, large gaps persist in knowledge and practice relating to the psycho-social factors that influence women and girls as participants, athletes, coaches, officials, leaders or administrators.

As a catalyst for change, CS4L offers an opportunity to address the recognized shortcomings of conventional sport and physical activity programming, and the Long-Term Athlete Development framework, to adequately address gender differences. It is time to create optimal conditions and systems that support women and girls to be active at all stages of participation and competition, as coaches, officials, leaders and in other roles related to sport and physical activity.

TOWARDS GENDER EQUITY FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS

The concept of “equality” often results in programs and services for one group simply being made available to another. In contrast, “equity” requires consideration of the unique needs, interests and experiences of a target group when developing and delivering services and allocating resources. Therefore, some services may be the same, while others may be completely different.

This resource provides practical tips to help to shift the focus from creating “equal” opportunities to determining how best to support women and girls so they have equitable opportunities and outcomes.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ACTION

Everyone has a role to play in actively engaging women and girls in sport and physical activity. Specific recommendations in the resource are grouped into five areas for action.

  1. Develop, promote and enforce effective policies to ensure gender equity in the Canadian sport and physical activity system.
  2. Promote and demonstrate the value of women and girls in the Canadian sport and physical activity system.
  3. Develop and strengthen the capacity of the Canadian sport and physical activity system to support the active engagement of women and girls.
  4. Strengthen partnerships and collaborative action within and across sectors to influence national, provincial/territorial, community sport and physical activity environments for women and girls.
  5. Support, conduct and disseminate gender-specific research and evaluation.

 

 

 

   

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Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors.
A Supplement to Canadian Sport for Life

Full document, 58 pages (.pdf, 1.1 MB)

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Supplements

Recommendations for Families and Caregivers (.pdf, 323 KB)

Recommendations for Community Program Leaders and Coaches (.pdf, 323 KB)

Recommendations for Educators and School Administrators (.pdf, 314 KB)

Recommendations for High Performance Coaches and Leaders (.pdf, 315 KB)

Recommendations for NSOs and P/TSOs (.pdf, 322 KB)

Recommendations to Make Sport More Welcoming to Sexual and Gender Diversity (.pdf, 323 KB)

Free Webinar Series
Creating Inclusive Environments for Women and Girls
Drawing on findings from CAAWS’ CS4L publication, “Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors”, this webinar will review factors that can enhance or limit the participation and leadership of women and girls. This webinar will help service providers to gain a better understanding of how to create positive programs and inclusive environments on the playground, in competitive settings, and around the board table, contributing to the success of all.

Webinar recording
Download the presentation (.pdf, 2.7MB)

“Manswers”
Men are important allies for women and girls and participants and leaders in Canada’s sport and physical activity system. Created with men in mind, this webinar will provide the “manswers” for common questions relating to women’s and girls’ participation, coaching female athletes, supporting women around the board table, and more.
March 5, 2014 12:30-1:30pm

Webinar recording
Download the presentation (.pdf, 5.2 MB)

Ontario Project - 2013-2015

With support from the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, CAAWS is pleased to announce a new project designed to increase the participation and leadership of women and girls. Building on CAAWS’ publication “Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors”, the project involves a number of strategies to enhance policy, practice, program and service delivery in communities across the province. Click here for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Actively Engaging Women and Girls – Moving Towards Sustained and Embedded Action
January 29, 2014
Canadian Sport for Life Summit
http://www.canadiansportforlife.ca/events/CS4L-Summit

Promoting Girls’ and Women’s Participation Across the Lifespan
April 23, 2014 12:30-1:30pm
CAAWS Webinar Wednesday Series
Register by April 17th

Policies on Paper vs. Policies in Action
June 18, 2014 12:30-1:30pm
CAAWS Webinar Wednesday Series
Register by June 13th

PAST EVENTS

“Manswers”
March 5, 2014 12:30-1:30pm
CAAWS Webinar Wednesday Series
Download the presentation (.pdf, 5.2 MB)

Creating Inclusive Environments for Women and Girls
January 22, 2014 12:30-1:30pm
CAAWS Webinar Wednesday Series
Download the presentation (.pdf, 2.7MB)

WISPAR Webinar for SK Leaders
Delivered in partnership with Sask Sport Inc. and Saskatchewan’s Women in Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation (WISPAR) Network
Powerpoint download - (.pdf, 1.8MB)

October 8th 2013 Webinar Recording:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/5849617717678725634
October 9th 2013 Webinar Recording:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/7099335827948395010

WISPAR Webinar for SK Front-Line Workers
Delivered in partnership with Sask Sport Inc. and Saskatchewan’s Women in Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation (WISPAR) Network
Powerpoint download – (.pdf, 1.8MB)

October 16 2013 Webinar Recording:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/7118182556910965249
October 17 2013 Webinar Recording:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/6333413829193255682

Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Promising Practices from the Canadian Sport and Physical Activity Sector
2013 Canadian Sport for Life Summit Presentation
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Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors
2012 Canadian Sport for Life Summit Presentation
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CANADIAN SPORT FOR LIFE www.canadiansportforlife.ca

The Canadian Sport for Life website is the number one source for information about Long-Term Athlete
Development and the CS4L movement. Information and resources are regularly added. Key resources
include:

  • The Female Athlete Perspective: Key Strategies for Long-Term Success.
  • Developing Physical Literacy: A Guide for Parents of Children Ages 0 to 12.
  • Canadian Sport for Life — A Sport Parent’s Guide.
  • No Accidental Champions: Long-Term Athlete Development for Athletes with a Disability.
  • A targeted Active for Life website was launched in 2011 — www.activeforlife.ca.

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

  • Sylvie Béliveau, Canadian Soccer Association, LTPD Manager
  • Isabelle Cayer, Coaching Association of Canada
  • Vicki Harber, PhD, Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation, University of Alberta
  • Louise Humbert, PhD, Associate Dean, College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan
  • Penny Werthner, PhD, Director and Associate Dean, School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa
  • Karin Lofstrom, Executive Director, CAAWS
  • Sydney Millar, National Program Director, CAAWS
  • Lori Johnstone, Project Manager

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please contact:
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS)
N202 - 801 King Edward Avenue
Ottawa, ON, Canada, K1N 6N5
Phone: 613-562-5667
Fax: 613-562-5668
Email: caaws@caaws.ca