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)

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_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_cover2Making the Most of Your Opportunities: A Media Guide for Athletes and Their Coaches
Feel comfortable, in control and confident in your dealings with the media. CAAWS has a great resource that provides practical tips and checklists for athletes and coaches!

Both online and mainstream media are effective tools to raise your profile and communicate effectively. Making the Most of Your Opportunities: A Media Guide for Athletes and Their Coaches, was originally released by CAAWS in 1998. It has been updated and revised to reflect today’s multi-media and online world. Minor editorial changes have also been made throughout the document to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the content. Click here to download the entire guide (1.14 MB, 84 pages) or click here to download by chapter.



Women on Boards: A Guide to Getting Involved
cover_womenon-boardsWomen, 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. More information about Women on Boards in our Leadership 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.


Cover_cd_orderform_140Photo CD
Are you looking for images of girls and women participating in sport and physical activity? Images that show different abilities, different cultures, races and people of all shapes and sizes? Images that cover a variety of activities including winter, summer, extreme sports, team and individual? Photos of older women, young women, pregnant women and children?

Click here for CAAWS’ new photo CD which offers 55 colour images suitable for non-commercial use in brochures, flyers or newsletters. (PDF 43 KB)



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) |

VIEWS Downloads

Positive Messaging for Girls and Young Women
Making a difference in the lives of girls and young women can be easy.
PDF (36 KB) |
Women in Sport FAQ
Answers to many questions you may have about women in sport.
PDF (99 KB) |
Successful Speaking Tips
Helpful tips to make you a better public speaker.
PDF (428 KB) |
Words for Wise Women
All speakers share the same goal – clear communication. Do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when speaking on behalf of women.
PDF (73 KB) |
How Parents Can Encourage Girls To Play Sport
Tips to get involved and active with your girls.
PDF (93 KB) |