CAAWS eNetwork                         May 2019
How can you #ChampionChange with CAAWS? 
  • Take action in honour of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia on May 17 to ensure that LGBTQI2S athletes and coaches feel welcome in the world of sport and physical activity!
    • Register for our French webinar on May 16, presented by Camille Michon, Monica Bastien, and Guylaine Demers.
    • Register for our English webinar on May 23, presented by Jennifer Birch-Jones, Jennifer Smith, and Michela Toscano.
    • Check out our inclusion resources page.
  • Read our article in the most recent edition of the SIRCuit about how gender equity in leadership is key to good governance for sport organizations.
  • The Court of Arbitration for Sport recently ruled to uphold the IAAF regulations being challenged by South African runner Caster Semenya. Read our response to learn more about why this ruling concerns us and others in the sport community.
  • More than 6,000 world leaders, influencers, innovators, and change-makers will gather in Vancouver on June 3 for the Women Deliver conference. Follow CAAWS on social media as we participate in the world’s largest conference on gender equality! 
  • ICYMI: Kirsty Duncan, Minister for Science and Sport, recently announced $2.6 M in funding to create a Gender Equity Research Hub for sport – fulfilling one of the recommendations of the Women and Sport Working Group. Read more in the minister’s press release.

What's catching our eye this month?

AthletesCAN, an independent Canadian sport body representing national team athletes, just released a study completed in partnership with the University of Toronto on the prevalence of maltreatment in sport.

The anonymous survey was completed by around 1000 current and retired national team athletes. About 1 in 5 respondents reported they have been the victim of “psychological” harm or neglect, with sexual and physical harm reported to a lesser degree. Women reported higher rates of abuse across all categories. This disproportionate harm to women underscores the importance of gender equity as a priority in the sport system.

Read more about the report and about the National Safe Sport Summit that happened in Ottawa last week to address the prevalence of abuse and harassment in the Canadian sport system.

Celebrating organizations that #ChampionChange

Photo: Black Creek Farms 

The Black Creek Farm Moms and Kids Program started out in June 2017 as a small group of moms and their kids who cultivated a vegetable plot in at Black Creek Community Farm. They are now a community partner in our Newcomer Women and Girls Project.

Based in the Black Creek and Jane and Finch neighbourhoods in Toronto, the program’s main goals are to develop lifelong healthy eating habits and increase physical and social activity in an environment where immigrant and newcomer women from different cultural backgrounds feel comfortable.

The organizers facilitate cooking workshops and physical activity classes for mothers and their children, and a few of the participants took the initiative to be certified as Zumba and Yoga instructors so they can lead sessions for the other mothers in the program.

Providing training opportunities for participants increases capacity and makes the program sustainable, and by choosing activities where moms and kids can participate together or by bringing in a childcare provider, women with family responsibilities can still find opportunities to stay active.

Learn more about Black Creek Community Farms.

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Research that drives us forward

Studies on the sport experiences of transgender athletes in Canada are scarce, especially within the high-performance arena. To begin to address this gap, Camille Michon and Guylaine Demers interviewed three trans women and have competed at the national, international, or provincial level in three different sports. The goal of their research is to help coaches gain a better understanding of the sport experiences of transgender athletes, particularly trans women.

This article includes useful resources and guidelines for coaches and all sport practitioners, to ensure that training environments are safe and inclusive for transgender participants.

Read more
Congratulations to...
  • Stephanie Dixon, who was named the chef de mission for the Canadian Paralympic Team in Tokyo.

  • Mary Moran, who was selected as Chair of the Sport Calgary Board of Directors.
  • Patricia Lawson, who received a USask Alumni achievement award.
  • Rachèle Béliveau, Nathalie Séguin, Maria Izquierdo, Meghan Jasmin, et Andrée Martin, who were honoured by Égale Action at the 14th annual Gala Femmes d’influence en sport.
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