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CAAWS  – New initiative requiring equity as a condition of sport funding an important step forward 

March 9, 2017 – Toronto, ON – CAAWS commends The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport for Ontario on her announcement of new initiatives to advance equity for women and girls in sport.

With the announcement, all Ontario funding for sport and recreation will be tied to a gender equity framework.  Organizations now must have policies and plans for gender equity in four areas: programming, training, coaching and governance.

“CAAWS believes that sport is a powerful vehicle for personal and social development, and that gender should not be a factor in determining a person’s chances to play and lead in sport.  Yet far too often girls and women are on the sidelines,” shared Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CAAWS CEO.  “This new commitment represents a decisive move to end this inequity.  CAAWS looks forward to working with the Government of Ontario and organizations to bring this policy to life.”

CAAWS invites organizations delivering sport as well as sport funding bodies in Ontario to partner with it to develop their equity action plan.  The organization offers research, education, tools and guidance to organizations delivering sport to support them to be more equitable in their governance, operations and programming.

“Since 1981 CAAWS has a demonstrated track record of being the leading voice for gender equity in the sport system in Canada. We have been first to the table with issues regarding gender bias and sport participation. With our wins in hand we are ready to work with organizations to develop and implement equity action plans for the betterment of inclusion and sport and physical activity participation,” stated Dr. Sandip Lalli, CAAWS Chair. 

For full text of the announcement, including an initiative to recruit and train 250 new female coaches and 90 female mentors in 2017 through the Coaching Association of Ontario, visit: Supporters of this commitment can show their support by using the hashtag #SheCanPlay.

The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating an equitable sport and physical activity system in which girls and women are actively engaged as participants and leaders.  CAAWS provides a number of services, programs and resources to a variety of clients, including sport and physical activity organizations, teachers, coaches, athletes, volunteers, health professionals and recreation leaders.  Since 1981, CAAWS has worked in close cooperation with government and non-government organizations on activities and initiatives that advocate for positive change for girls and women in sport and physical activity.

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