February Newsletter: An Intersectional Approach to Gender Equity in Sport 

This month, we’re sharing some of the ways intersectionality shows up in gender equity and sport. In short, intersectionality is essential to advancing gender equity in sport because one solution won’t work for ALL girls, women and gender-diverse people.

Consider learning more about intersectionality with our free intersectionality tool here. Then explore the links and updates below for more insights! 

Latest News

CWS News

Celebrating Black Sport Leaders in their Pursuit of Gender Equity in Sport 

During the last week of #BlackHistoryMonth, Canadian Women & Sport is featuring black women and gender-diverse individuals who have contributed to the promotion and growth of women’s sport in Canada.   

Follow along on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Know someone we can help celebrate? Share and tag @WomenandSportCA.  

Learn more. Access our free resource: The Sporting Experiences of BIPOC Women & Girls in Canada. 

Spotlight Grant Recipients Announced  

Canadian Women & Sport is proud to announce the recipients of the Spotlight Grant and provide 105 organizations from across Canada with a total of $1.7M in funding for initiatives aimed at increasing opportunities for girls, women and gender-diverse people to access the benefits of sport and physical activity.

“These organizations are doing incredible work to remove barriers and expand opportunities for diverse girls in sport. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish with the Spotlight Grant.”

Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO of Canadian Women & Sport

See the full list and learn more here

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

The Next Play: Grant Program for Ontario-Based Organizations 

Canadian Women & Sport is excited to share news about our latest grant program, The Next Play.  

The Next Play is an Ontario-based grant program designed to help coaches and leaders engage more girls and gender-diverse participants in active recreation post-COVID-19.  This project is made possible by the Government of Ontario.  

Click here to view the application guide and start your application. 

What the Data Tells Us

An Intersectional Look at Participation Rates

Girls, women and gender-diverse people experience and participate in sport differently 

based on their intersecting identities. 

Read the full Rally Report and download our discussion guide here

Canadian Women & Sport in the Media 

Battle for Pay Equity for Canada’s National Women’s Soccer Team 

Canadian Women & Sport’s CEO Allison Sandmeyer-Graves joins Bianca Hillier of The World podcast to discuss the Canada’s National Women’s Soccer team’s battle for pay equity. Listen here.

News From the Community

Sport Manitoba 2022-23 Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series 

The Bison Transport Sport LeadHERship Series, hosted by two-time Olympic speed skater and host/analyst at CBC, Anastasia Bucsis, is a free five-part online series and professional development opportunity designed for Manitoba’s coaches, administrators, community leaders, and volunteers of all genders, from all sports, from across the province. Learn to empower and encourage the girls you work with to stay active and involved in sport, and become the next generation of female sport leaders – and take away practical tips and tools to help you build your network and knowledge base. Sign up for free here. 

Mary Sanders shares her incredible journey of dedication and personal sacrifice 

In 9 Lives by 35, Mary Sanders (a former Canadian gymnast) shares her journey of financial struggles, coping with grief, rivalries with other gymnasts, and the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of convicted predator Dr. Larry Nassar. But she also shares her uncanny ability to reinvent herself, including the decade spent touring as an acrobat with Cirque du Soleil, her current role as an entertainment executive working for Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec, and as a mother of two young children. Through it all, Mary never stopped believing in herself no matter what obstacles were thrown in her path. Instead, she leaned on her optimism, faith, and family, and pushed forward.  

Career Opportunities at Canada Basketball  

Canada Basketball currently has career opportunities available. They are currently on the lookout for Coordinator, Membership, Account Executive, GLOBL JAM, and Summer Internships. Interested applicants can learn more about the opening here.

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Thanks for reading!