CAAWS eNetwork                         April 2019
What have we been up to? 
Spring is finally here, and CAAWS is ready to kick start another year supporting women and girls to thrive in the Canadian sport system! 
Photo Credit: CAAWS

With support from Sport Canada’s Innovation Fund, we’ve teamed up with MLSE LaunchPad to run GAME ON, a 6-week sport leadership pilot program for 14-18 year old girls.  We’ve recruited 30 girls from across the Greater Toronto Area to test whether great leadership experiences increase the chances of girls staying in sport.  

We’re working with 20 community partners across Canada to help build the capacity of sport, physical activity, and recreation providers to better engage newcomer girls and women

We’re working with Ontario Soccer and Ontario Basketball to develop and test new resources for sport organizations to embed gender equity into their planning and programming.  

We’ve partnered with ten Provincial Sport Organizations (PSOs) to help them identify and develop solutions to get more women and girls involved in their sports as participants and leaders. 

Stay tuned for more updates as these projects continue into 2019! 

How can you #ChampionChange with CAAWS? 
  • CAAWS and MLSE LaunchPad are hosting a Research to Practice Workshop on April 25 focused on women and girls’ participation in sport! This will be an interactive learning event with a mix of classroom and court-based content. Register here.  
  • Are you interested in advancing the global physical literacy movement? The International Physical Literacy Conference with be held in Winnipeg from May 7-10 and CAAWS will be presenting on our?project,?Supporting Inclusion of Newcomer Girls and Women. Be sure to join the session or visit our booth to learn more! 
  • Join us to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia with an exclusive webinar featuring the results of Canadian research on sport experiences of transgender women athletes.  
    • French Webinar: Thursday, May 16 (presented by Camille Michon and Guylaine Demers) 
    • English Webinar: Thursday, May 23 (presented by Jennifer Birch-Jones and Guylaine Demers) 
  • CAAWS will be delivering a Leading With Confidence workshop as part of York University’s?Women & Girls Leadership and Sport Conference?in Toronto from May 3-4.? 
  • CAAWS is participating in the world’s largest conference on gender equality! More than 6,000 world leaders, influencers, innovators, and change-makers will gather in Vancouver on June 3 for the Women Deliver conference. CAAWS will be co-delivering two sessions: From the Playing Field to the Board Room, and Feminism and Sport: What’s Play Got to Do With It? Follow us on social media for conference updates!  
  • CAAWS is excited to be participating in Conversation 2020: Women and Sport. A continuation of the Conversation 2015 event, this conference will bring together sport leaders to bridge the gap between conversation and action when it comes to recent government commitments to gender equality. Join us in June of next year to be part of the discussion! 

What's catching our eye this month?

Photo Credit: CWHL

As advocates for women’s sport in Canada, we were disappointed to hear that the CWHL will cease operations as of May 1st this year. So many incredible athletes, coaches, and leaders took to the ice to develop the game of hockey for Canadian women and to inspire young girls to stay in sport, and their achievements thus far are worth celebrating.  

The loss of the league is a great loss for women and sport in Canada. What the future holds for women’s professional hockey is anyone’s guess – but the challenge of finding successful funding models for women’s sport is all too familiar.  

Bill Cooper, chief operating partner of TTG Canada and CAAWS board member, wrote a thoughtful article that challenges the prevailing (read: men-focused) models for sport sponsorship and considers new approaches that better serve women’s sport.

Read the article!

Celebrating organizations that #ChampionChange

Photo Credit: Healthy Huskies 

Huron Heights secondary school is bringing students together to create community and provide opportunities for newcomer students to be active through their ‘Healthy Huskies’ program. 

The girls in the program get together at lunch to participate in a variety of activities that they design themselves. The participants are developing skills, building confidence, and are now looking for other opportunities to get more involved in physical activity.  

Consulting the girls has been key to the program’s success. The school sent invitations to students who identified as newcomers (new to Canada within the last five years) to participate in a focus group that gave the students the opportunity to direct the program. The lesson? When designing a program for underrepresented groups it is essential to listen to your target audience and provide space for them to determine their own goals.  

Learn more about how to facilitate effective programming for newcomer women and girls! 

Get the Edge
Research that drives us forward

Photo Credit: Government of Canada

On average, women must work 15.5 months to make what a man does in 12 – and according to Statistics Canada, the gender wage gap is worse for women who are racialized, Indigenous, living with a disability, or newcomers. 

Canada and the U.S. celebrate Equal Pay Day in April to raise awareness around the gender wage gap.  

Dr. Emily Dane Staples writes that research on gender discrimination is noticeably absent in the billion-dollar industry of sport. Her 2018 paper in The Sport Journal explores attitudes towards wage equality across gender for eight different professions, including coaching and professional athletes. Generally, respondents felt that men and women should be paid equitably for the same level of education and experience, supporting the idea that the next generation of job seekers could change current wage dynamics.  

Read more about gendered differences of work in sport and learn more about Equal Pay Day!  

Congratulations to...
  • Cari Din, CAAWS Women and Leadership Facilitator, who received a 2019 University of Calgary Teaching Award for Sessional Instructor. 

  • Charlene Krepiakevich, who was appointed the new CEO of viaSport. 

  • Dorothy Hickey, who was named the winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association (NLSA) Award of Merit, and Judi Kelloway, who was recognized as NLSA executive of the year.  

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