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What is your role?

In honour of International Women’s Day this year, we asked sport leaders to consider the question “What is your role?” when it comes to advocating for women and girls in sport.

The world we woke up in on March 8th to celebrate International Women’s Day was not the world we woke up in this morning, or even last week. The consequences of COVID-19 in sport have been nothing short of heartbreaking, and the question “What is your role?” has taken on a different meaning as we’re all working to figure out how to best support our loved ones and the communities, sport and otherwise, that mean so much to us.

Strong, inclusive leadership is as important now as it has ever been. We believe that gender equity powers better sport – and while priorities can and should be shifting in this moment, our goal is still to keep building a better sport system for women and girls and for all Canadians. 

At our International Women’s Day Event in Ottawa, we asked sport leaders to share their commitments to women and girls in sport. We loved reading your thoughts and hope you can find some inspiration in these statements to keep pushing forward

Our International Women’s Day panelists: Debbie Owusu-Akeeyah, Maya McDonald, Sally Dimachki, and Karen O’Neill. 
I commit…
to challenging complacency while also being empatheticTo bringing visibility to barriers impacting marginalized communitiesTo calling someone in instead of calling someone out – welcoming people to work together to advance physical activity and sport to leading by example and staying true to my values To ongoing and continuous learning To asking questions and being an ally To starting small and doing something (however little) each day 


We partnered with CBC Sports to spark discussion and action with our International Women’s Day #ICommit campaign. Check out the video commitments that athletes, coaches, and broadcasters made to keeping girls in sport – including thoughts from Perdita Felicien, Jennifer Heil, Andre De Grasse, and Scott Russel!

Virtual PD

We know that for busy, active people, staying inside can be a challenge. We’re working to offer recordings of our most popular webinars for free so professional development can be one way to spend your time indoors – check out our website to see what’s available! 

2020 WISE Fund

With the support of Sport Canada, we’ve awarded 30 organizations $2500 to bring their gender equity initiatives to life. Read more about our WISE Fund recipients. 

Upcoming Events
POSTPONED The Conversation 2020 conference, hosted by Egale Action and Canadian Women & Sport, has been postponed until 2021. We’ll keep you updated with new details as they’re available.