Highlights practical ways to set and achieve gender equity goals.

Introduction (.pdf, 860 KB)
Part1 (.pdf, 854 KB)
Part 1 – Assessment Tools (.pdf, 1.53 MB)
Case Study (.pdf, 747 KB)
Appendix 1 (.pdf, 798 KB)
Appendix 2 (.pdf, 364 KB)
Appendices 3-6 (.pdf, 1.14 MB)
Appendices 7-12 (.pdf, 1.06 MB)
Resources (.pdf, 834 KB)

GE_Assess_ToolGender Equity Assessment Tools
Two practical tools to help organizations review their operations, set goals, and take action to actively engage women and girls as participants and leaders. Assessment criteria examine programs, policy, leadership and the physical and social environment. Based on the CAAWS publication “Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors” (.pdf), developed as a supplement to the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) foundation documents.
- Gender Equity Assessment Tool: For Community Sport and Physical Activity Providers  (.pdf, 848 KB)
- Gender Equity Assessment Tool: For Sport Clubs and Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (.pdf, 848 KB)

Watch a webinar recording about the Gender Equity and the assessment tools.


cover_activelyengagingActively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors
is a new resource designed to increase opportunities for women and girls as both participants and leaders in the Canadian sport and physical activity system. The publication is a supplement to the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) foundation document, and complements other Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) resources. A valuable resource for everyone involved in sport and physical activity, it will support and guide those working with women and girls so they engage in, and maintain, healthy and active lifestyles. THE RESOURCE IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT: www.caaws.ca/cs4l/


Cover_discrimination_full_140Sex Discrimination in Sport – An Update
Lawyer and sport management professor Hilary Findlay provides an up-to-date legal snapshot of the ‘lay of the land” as it applies to sex discrimination today. This report begins with seven real-life discrimination scenarios that set the stage for an explanation of the subtle issues that now enter legal analysis of discrimination. Federal and provincial jurisdiction is described, along with some of the unique circumstances of the Canadian sport system that make a jurisdictional analysis somewhat challenging. Such seemingly contradictory decisions can leave sport administrators scratching their heads about what might, and what might not, constitute sex discrimination in sport.Click here to download a free PDF of this publication (277KB, 20 pages) or Click here to download a PDF of this executive summary (147KB, 2 pages).

Cover_Summ_Transition_Dis140Including Transitioned and Transitioning Athletes in Sport – Issues, Facts, and Perspectives

A discussion paper on the topic of gender transition and sport participation. Part of a larger project aimed at creating a shared understanding of gender diversity, this discussion paper approaches the issue from historical, ethical, educational, and scientific perspectives, and observes that contrary to popular belief, there is no empirical evidence to either support or refute the assumption that transitioned athletes compete at an advantage or disadvantage compared with physically born females and males. The Promising Practices: Working with Transitioning/Transitioned Athletes in Sport project was initiated by AthletesCAN, in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), to identify and discuss the barriers that inhibit the participation of gender-transitioning and gender-transitioned athletes in sport. To download a copy of the discussion paper and the summary, or to view the various components of the project, click here.

Cover_Homophobia_Discuss140Seeing the Invisible, Speaking about the Unspoken
A Position Paper On Homophobia in Sport 
In keeping with its mandate to increase the participation of women and girls in sport and physical activity, CAAWS has recently prepared a position paper on homophobia in sport. Homophobia – or the fear and hatred of homosexuals – is often an obstacle to participation in sport among all groups: women and men, young and old, homosexual and heterosexual. In particular, many girls and women shy away from sport out of fear they will be perceived as lesbians. Click here to download a FREE pdf of the position paper (162 KB, 11 pages). Click here to download a pdf of this executive summary (179 KB, 2 pages).


media_guide_cover2A Media Guide for Athletes and Coaches
The goals of the Media Guide for Athletes and Coaches are simple: to help athletes and their coaches feel comfortable, poised, and articulate in dealing with the media, to learn the fine art of effective self-promotion, and to raise their media profile. Download the Media guide (.pdf, 16 pages, 1.2MB)





Women on Boards: A Guide to Getting Involved
Women, through participation on governing boards and in senior roles of organizations, have a significant impact on sport in Canada from the grassroots level to elite international competitions. However, women are often underrepresented in leadership at the board level, leaving a void in discussions, perspectives and decision-making.
CAAWS is dedicated to encouraging girls and women to both participate and lead in sport and physical activity. Women on Boards: A Guide to Getting Involved, produced by CAAWS in partnership with 2010 Legacies Now, provides both organizations and women who are interested in serving on boards, with practical resources to ensure strong representation and leadership from women at the board level. Click here to download the entire guide (3 MB, 72 pages) or Click here to download by section.




Success Stories – Free Download from CAAWS
Success Stories – Increasing Opportunities for Girls and Women in National and Multi-Sport Organizations is now available in either a downloadable or printed format. Success Stories provides a sampling of the many programs, projects and strategies from National and Multi-Sport Organizations that have been successful in encouraging opportunities for girls and women in sport. Click here for a free PDF (905 KB, 25 pages) of this publication. Printed copies are available from the CAAWS national office.





On the Move Handbook
The ON THE MOVE Handbook is a user-friendly resource designed as a practical guide for programmers, teachers, coaches, volunteers, and parents or guardians interested in creating a female-only program or in need of information about how to create positive and inclusive environments. …More

ACTive Downloads

Key Sport Messages
Some examples of sport’s valuable contribution to Canada, prepared by Sport Matters.
PDF (204 KB) || Word (54 KB) |
Healthy revolutions: promoting cycling among women
This paper describes international data that challenge the assumption that cycling is an inherently genderised activity.
PDF (228 KB) |
Revolutions for Women
A 3-year research project evaluating initiatives for increasing women’s participation in cycling.
PDF (428 KB) |

On the Move Stats

Stats & Facts (OTM Handbook – Chapter 2)
Dealling with the issues. Supporting gender equity requires financial, facility and human resources.
PDF (44KB) |
Top 10 Success Factors for Recreation Practitioners
Wondering what you can do to increase the participation of girls and young women? Here’s 10 easy suggestions.
PDF (15 KB) |
Top 10 Success Factors for Educators
Wondering what you can do to increase the participation of female students in your classroom? Here’s 10 easy suggestions.
PDF (15 KB) |