The near and long-term success of sport in Canada will be enhanced by the contributions of women and girls, so it is extremely important that administrators consider how to build sport with and for them. Here are some ways you can ensure that the voices and perspectives of women and girls are respected and prioritized in your sport or organization:
Do any of the women working in your organization have great ideas that haven’t been heard? Are you checking in to see what their perspectives are on your current programming? Talk to women and girls who are athletes, coaches, and staff in your club or organization about what they’d like to see and ensure their suggestions are valued and taken seriously.
Having girls and women with diverse backgrounds at the table helps to ensure that your sport programming and leadership reflects the communities you serve. Consider this exercise to reflect on who holds influence in your organization, or check out our Gender Equity Temperature Check Tool to see where you stand when it comes to gender equity.
Who is featured in your promotional material? Do you celebrate the contributions of women and girls in your sport? How might these materials and messages impact the women and girls who participate in your programming or who are potential participants?
You can make more equitable decisions by allocating resources with the aim of ensuring all people receive similar benefits from participation. What time slots do girls’ teams receive for facility bookings compared to boys’ teams? What activities are offered for athletes of different genders? What percentage of funding do their programs receive? The Gender Equity LENS e-module gives you tools you need to make policy and program decisions to better serve women and girls in your sport.
If you want to build a gender equity vision for your organization that’s tied to your strategic priorities and sustainable in the long run, try our Same Game Toolkit. You’ll walk through a systematic process for embedding gender equity into your organization – from creating your vision, to implementing initiatives, to reflecting and revising what you’ve done, and all the steps in between.
Ensuring gender equity at the board level is crucial to achieving Sport Canada’s objective of achieving gender equity in sport at all levels by 2035. This resource provides sport leaders with tips and a checklist to help build a gender-equitable board of directors.
Inspired by The Rally Report, this video explains the current state of sport participation for girls and women in Canada.
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