Last February, the Government of Canada announced they would dedicate $30 million towards achieving gender equity in sport - an unprecedented investment in the futures of women and girls across the country. Since then, we have seen federal, provincial, and territorial sport leaders come together to declare a renewed focus on gender equity and inclusion.
We are now thrilled to share that Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) will receive $3 million from Sport Canada over four years, starting in 2018/2019, to continue the important work of leading the movement for gender equity in Canadian sport.
With this investment, we are proud to build on almost 40 years of work and to accelerate the pace of change across the sport system in Canada. We will use this funding to develop and deliver resources, tools and services that help sport organizations to advance women in leadership positions and engage and retain girls in sport. Together, we will create safer, more welcoming and inclusive environments in which girls and women can thrive.
As we embark on this exciting new chapter, we are motivated by our belief in the power of sport to advance women in society and remain dedicated to working with our partners to create an equitable and inclusive sport system that empowers women and girls, within and through sport. There is much work still to do, but the conditions for change have never been better and we have our sights set on producing real, measurable impact.
Guylaine Demers has chaired two working groups on gender equity in sport - one directly for the federal minister of sport, and another for the other levels of government that is directly related to this Canadian effort. She will be speaking at this year's WCS! Listen to this podcast where Dr. Demers talks about gender equity in sport.