What Can You Do?
Practitioners, educators and health promoters have the opportunity
to make a difference in the lives of girls and young women
in their community by integrating On the Move concepts into their
organization’s policies, programs and services.
The benefits associated with physical activity include:
- Increased self-esteem and self-efficacy
- Physical and mental health and well-being
- Decreased risk for developing a host of chronic diseases,
including type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and osteoporosis
- Lower incidence of tobacco, alcohol and other drug use
What can you do to make a difference in the lives of girls
and young women in your community? Here are 10 easy suggestions:
- Learn For Oneself
Talk to experienced people and read up on the issues.
Look for equity with your own eyes – be critical
about what you see and hear, and question the actions
and assumptions of others. Join the CAAWS
eNetwork to keep up to date on issues and events.
On the Move Handbook to learn more about gender
equity, the issues surrounding girls’ and young
women’s participation, and committed individuals
and organizations working in the field.
- Each One Teach One
It is just as important to make a difference to one person
as it is to larger numbers. Ensuring girls and young women
enjoy their participation will encourage them to bring their
- Share the Resources
There are a number of resources available to help you get
girls and young women active. Just ask! Contact Sydney Millar,
the On the Move National Coordinator, or visit the main CAAWS
website. If you know of or are involved in a female-only
program we want to hear about it!
Click here to fill in our online feedback form.
- Create Partnerships/Networks
Forge partnerships with organizations in your community.
They have experience, expertise and resources that will
contribute to the success of your initiative.
- Involve Girls and Women
It’s the only way you will find out what they want
and what works.
- Program for Those Not There
Access inactive girls and young women to introduce them
to the benefits of participation. Find ways to bring them
- New Models and Methods
Traditional models and methods are not working for everyone
– look for new ideas, challenge traditions, and explore.
Be willing to take risks yourself. Think outside the box!
- Integrate Gender Equity Plans
Make some changes and make them stick. Set goals and celebrate
even small successes. Leverage the support of individuals,
organizations and policies.
- Ask for What You Deserve and
What You Believe to be Fair
One of the main issue is fairness – provide inactive
girls and young women with opportunities that meet their
needs, interests and experiences. Determine what that means
to the work you do and make fairness happen.
- Make a Personal Commitment
What will I change?
What do I need?
How can I have an impact on the lives of girls and young
women in my community?
Looking for more practical tips and suggestions?
Read through the list of On
the Move resources for additional support.
Canadian Association for the Advancement of
Women and Sport and Physical Activity
970 Queen Street East,
PO Box 98162
Toronto, Ontario M4M 1J0
appreciates the financial support of the Public
Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Heritage,