Tools

What is unconscious bias?

Our brains group people based on things we know or assume about them, like age, gender, skin colour, income, ability or education. Our brains use these groupings to make judgements without us even knowing it. This is called unconscious bias. Unconscious bias is not right.  It’s wrong.  It just is!  But, if we don’t intentionally identify our unconscious bias, we […]

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Publications

Winning Plays: The Gender Equity Playbook Report

In sport, gender equity remains a goal and not yet a mission accomplished.1 Canadian Women & Sport’s Gender Equity Playbook (“the Playbook”) advances gender equity in sport by helping sport organizations examine and align their policies, processes and programs using an intersectional gender lens. This report provides sport leaders, funders and partners an inside look […]

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Workshops and Presentations

Women in Sport Leadership

The Need: Diverse boards have proven to have higher creativity, improved team collaboration and a better understanding of a diverse end user. More women on boards may help make sport safer by altering organizational norms, limiting tolerance of gender inequitable practices and increasing awareness of gender-based violence. Research has shown that at least 30% of positions […]

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Research & Insights

Women in Sport Leadership Snapshots

Past Snapshots 2021-2022 The 2021/2022 survey of nationally funded sport organizations in Canada shows that public attention, and dedicated funding from Sport Canada, continued to drive change for the national sport system. Compared to 2019, after the government commitment was announced, the percentage of women holding board seats jumped by 5 points. 2020-21 The 2021/2022 […]

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Workshops and Presentations

Women on Boards Presentation

The Need: Research suggests that diverse, inclusive and equity-focused boards are stronger, including having higher creativity, improved collaboration and a better understanding of a diverse end user. Despite this, women remain underrepresented in leadership positions within the sport system. Data collected in a recent survey of all nationally funded sport organizations illustrates that only 40% […]

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Publications

Women on Boards: A Guide to Getting Involved

It is generally recognized that women are often underrepresented in leadership positions, particularly in sport and recreation. There are numerous governing boards and committees associated with sport organizations throughout Canada. The opportunity exists to encourage women to participate in the leadership of these, and other organizations.  Women on Boards: A Guide to Getting Involved contains […]

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