In the Loop – CAAWS enetwork May 2016
1. Tipping point for women’s sport in the media
Only 4% of sports programming on Canada’s TV networks and 5% of Canadian print media is devoted to women’s sport, according to a report CAAWS released in March with Canada’s dairy farmers. In the months that followed some changes began to appear, namely;
Additionally, in the United States, the Director on the Indian Wells Pro Tennis event had to resign over some thoughtless remarks he made about women’s tennis, and the US women’s soccer team sued the US Soccer Association over the pay gap between themselves and the US men’s soccer team. These events spawned media coverage of a variety of women’s sports issues by several major US newspapers including,
We may soon reach a tipping point if we continue to see this sort of thoughtful writing on women’s sport issues. After all, it is 2016.
2. Leading the Way: Working with LGBT Athletes and Coaches – webinars now available
Recently, CAAWS hosted two Leading the Way webinars for coaches and other sport leaders working with LGBT athletes. With over 130 participants, the webinars provided an overview of the key information available in the CAAWS resource “Leading the Way: Working with LGBT Athletes and Coaches”. The French webinar was led by Dr. Guylaine Demers from the University of Laval and can be accessed here. The English webinar was led by Jennifer Birch-Jones, the CAAWS Program Lead for LGBTphobia who was joined by Karen Sagle, an out high performance curler who shared her experience about being a bisexual athlete in her sport. Watch the English webinar.
Earlier this year, Jennifer worked with Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) to tailor a webinar featuring out athletes from their sport as part of CKC’s coaching development series. If a tailored Leading the Way webinar is of interest to your sport organization, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to explore further.
3. CAAWS presents LGBTQ Inclusion Resources in Sport at 2016 Ontario Educator’s Conference
Jennifer Birch-Jones, the CAAWS Program Lead for Addressing LGBTphobia in Sport was invited by the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity to speak about LGBTQ inclusion in sport resources available to educators at Toronto’s City Hall on April 29th.
4. International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHO)
This year’s IDAHO theme of mental health and well-being reminds us that while there is growing recognition that sexual and gender diversity is not linked to mental health, there is also increased recognition on the effects of stigma and discrimination related to sexual orientation and gender identity or expression on the mental well being of sexual and gender minorities. There is particularly an increased recognition that the stresses created by stigma, inequality and harassment can cause LGBTQ people to be at a heightened risk of psychological distress. These effects are also induced by the invisibility (the “closet”) to which sexual and gender minorities are kept when there is not a welcoming environment. Here are some resources to find out what you can do to help your LGBTQ athletes and coaches:
NCAA’s resource Mind, Body and Sport: Harassment and Discrimination – LGBTQ Student-Athletes
5. Upcoming Events
May 17, 2016 – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
For more information on CAAWS’ upcoming events visit our calendar.
6. Congratulations to…
Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity