Women and Girls

Women and Girls

A collection of information and resources to support inclusive recreation and sport opportunities for women and girls.

Action for Inclusion: A Resource Kit for Community Conversations

This resource kit was developed for the "Kitchen Table Conversations: Action for Inclusion" project, led by the Ontario Healthy Communities...

Active & Free Young women, physical activity and tobacco

This resource is intended for physical activity leaders, to provide background on the use of tobacco among young women, and tools for...

Actively Engaged: A Policy on Sport for Women and Girls

The objective of the policy is to foster sport environments – from playground to podium – where women and girls, particularly as athlete...

Actively Engaged: A Policy on Sport for Women and Girls

Sets out the Government of Canada's position and includes: Policy Statement Coming into Force Context Policy Objective and Results...

Amplify Toolkit: Designing Spaces and Programs for Girls

The Amplify Toolkit is a compilation of over 15 years of Girls Action’s expertise in delivering and supporting girls’ programs, as well as...

City of Ottawa Equity and Inclusion Lens: A User's Guide

This is a tool that was developed in 2009, in partnership with City for all Women Initiative and the generous contribution of the community...

Coaching Female Athletes

This publication is designed as a reference for coaches of female athletes. It provides information about the needs, interests and...

Count Us In: Developing Physical Activity Programs for Women

This guideline has been developed on findings from a three-year research project titled 'Count Us In: Developing Physical Activity Programs...

Disordered Eating in Sport: Taking a new direction

Many active girls and women fall into disordered eating habits due to lack of education and many women with eating disorders delay...

Empowering Girls and Women through Physical Education and Sport - Advocacy Brief

This brief looks at: Why We Should be Concerned about Gender, Girls and Physical Education - despite the strong claims for the...

Engaging more women in Bicycling

This report is designed for advocates interested in creating a successful women’s outreach and encouragement initiative in their community...

Everyone Wins – Community sporting clubs: Action Guide, Toolkit, Glossary

Everyone Wins provides practical tools and resources to help Victoria's (Australia) community sports clubs become more inclusive and...

Female Athletes of Colour: Articles and Reports

Provides links to articles and reports about minorities in sports, specifically women.

Gender Equity Assessment Tools

Two targeted Gender Equity Assessment Tools are available to help community sport and physical activity providers, as well as...

Gender Equity in Sport and Recreation

This brochure primarily focuses on gender equity as it pertains to girls and young women in community recreation settings. It outlines...

Get Girls Active: Bulletins

This five-part series deals with different aspects of encouraging girls to be physically active. Part One: What Does It Mean to be...

Getting girls active: Reducing gender inequality in physical activity

This UK report notes that most girls are less active than boys from childhood to adolescence. Creative and concerted efforts are needed to...

Girl's Day: A How-to Guide on Planning Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles for Female Youth

This is a planning guide for Girls’ Days, which are aimed at providing a wide range of enjoyable opportunities for young women in the areas...

Girls and Women in Parasport – How to Make it Happen

This survey about girls and women with disabilities participating in sport in the twin Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, Ontario, was...

Go Girls! Mentoring Program

Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for girls ages 12-14 that focuses on physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem. The single...

How Parents Can Encourage Girls to Play Sport

A fact-sheet filled with practical suggestions.

How to Engage Inactive Communities in Physical Activity: Top Tips from the BHFNC 8th Annual Conference

This booklet provides practical tips for engaging inactive communities in physical activity. The ideas presented were put forward by...

In Her Voice: An Exploration of Young Women’s Sport and Physical Activity Experiences

In Her Voice provides insight into the sport and physical activity experiences of girls and young women. The resource is based on focus...

In Their Shoes: What Girls Think About Physical Activity

Provides insights on what it’s like to be in girls’ shoes. If we know more about how they think and feel about being active, we can make...

LET THEM PLAY: Lessons in After School Prog Quality / How Physical Activity Develops in Children / Girls Programs Worth It / Trailblazing Outdoor Play

Let Them Play - Lessons in After School Program Quality Through the RBC Learn to Play Project in Kings County Nova Scotia, is part of a...

Making Healthy Connections with Racialized Communities: Girls and Young Women’s Experiences with Sport, Physical Activity and Healthy Living

This report discusses the sport and physical activity needs, interests and experiences of girls and young women from ethnic communities,...

Making the connection: women, sport and leadership - Infographic

Infographic - A background in sport can improve a woman's leadership potential and help her land a job, according to women executives...

Moving Forward: A National Roundtable on Aboriginal Women in Sport

The National Roundtable on Aboriginal Women in Sport, hosted Feb 22-24, 2008 was part of a larger effort by academics and practitioners to...

On the Move: Creating Positive Programs for Aboriginal Girls and Young Women - Presentation

This presentation from the 2011 Northwest Territories Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference discusses the benefits of physical...

On the Move: Increasing Participation of Girls and Women in PA and Sport / After School / Newcomers / Aboriginal / Ethnic

On the Move is an innovative programming concept to help service providers increase girls’ and young women’s participation in sport and...

PARmed-X for PREGNANCY

A four-page guideline for screening prior to participation in a prenatal fitness class or other exercise.

Persisting Gaps and New Opportunities to Actively Engage Girls and Young Women: Online Webinar

During this one-hour webinar, Sydney Millar reflects on persisting gaps and barriers that are slowing change, and shares new opportunities...

Physical Activity and Sport for Women Aged 55-70+ Program

Physical inactivity levels for adults 55-70 is a concern in Canada and in particular for women in this group. There are many health and...

Physical Activity Guidelines for Mothers in Motion

A fact sheet for Active Mothers who are active and lead a healthy lifestyle are role models for their families. Their desire to keep moving...

Position Statement on Exercise and Pregnancy

Provides guidelines for safe exercise during low risk pregnancy based on a review of the scientific literature.

Positive Messaging for Girls and Young Women

Only 39% of females between the ages of 5 and 17 are considered active enough for optimal health benefits. While some girls and women...

Research: The Impact of Physical Activity on Breast Cancer Risk

This research article summarizes studies that examine physical activity as being associated with breast cancer risk reduction.

Sex Discrimination in Sport - An Update

Lawyer and sport management professor Hilary Findlay provides an up-to-date legal snapshot of the ‘lay of the land” as it applies to sex...

Success Stories: Increasing Opportunities for Girls and Women in National and Multi-Sport Organizations

Success Stories provides a sampling of the many programs, projects and strategies from National and Multi-Sport Organizations that have...

TAKE 5! Connecting with Young Women About Tobacco and Physical Activity and Sport

This template can be used to help young women make the connection between optimal health through physical activity, sport, and a tobacco-...

Taking the Lead: Strategies and Solutions from Female Coaches

In an extensive and frank exploration, leaders in women's coaching discuss the values women bring to the coaching profession; their quest...

Team Spirit: Aboriginal Girls in Sport

Team Spirit: Aboriginal Girls in Sport and Aboriginal On the Move are national, multi-year projects to increase community sport...

Ten BODYSENSE Basics: Promoting Positive Body Image and Preventing Disordered Eating in Sport

This model describes 10 ways that a sport environment (a team or club) or a school can make a commitment to promoting positive self esteem...

Trail Considerations for Engaging Girls and Women

Provides design, policy, promotion and programming consierations to encourage girls and women to use trails. Also available in French

Unequal Opportunities Unequal Outcomes - Physical Activity Beliefs & Behaviours in Low Socioeconomic Status Mothers

A CHNET-WORKS fireside chat topic. This presentation aims to: Increase awareness & strengthen physical & social environments to...

ViaSport Gender Equity in Sport and Physical Activity Policy

A policy statement from ViaSport that "is committed to broadening access, ensuring opportunity, and equitably distributing resources for...

What works for Female Children and Adolescents: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions

This research brief synthesizes findings from 106 random assignment intent-to-treat evaluations of social interventions that targeted...

Women in Community Sport Leadership Roles: A survey of women sport volunteers in Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada

This poster presents the results of a study designed to examine the roles, challenges and experiences of women volunteers and employees in...

Women in Sport: Fuelling a Lifetime of Participation: Report

In this report, researchers situate the status and challenges of Canadian girls and women’s participation and leadership in sport, and...
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