Canadian Working Group Seeks to Address Gender Equality


Gender equality on many sports’ fields is frequently being commented on and improved, yet those working behind the scenes in sports organizations in Canada are predominantly male. But female Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Kirsty Duncan recently started a working group to achieve gender equity in sport. Members include Laval University professor Guylaine Demers, retired paddler Hayley Wickenheiser, Olympic gold medallist Adam von Koeverden, and retired water polo player Waneek Horn-Miller. The main areas of focus are female participation in sports, female leadership roles, gender-based violence in sports, and the portrayal of female sports in the media. The group have already received a federal commitment of $30 million over three years to achieve their goals. This specific dedication to reforming the whole community unites women across disciplines and profiles key role models for younger girls to look up to.

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Follow Kirsty Duncan on Twitter to keep up to date with this working group’s development and her other projects as a female MP in Canada.


Discussion Question:

What female role models do you follow in sports? And have you noticed any inequities between men’s and women’s sports teams in terms of funding, media coverage, etc? How does that impact gender equality in the sports world?

Action Item:

Take note of other industries that might be lacking in female representation behind the scenes. Once we are aware of areas that need to be improved, the next steps for feminism become a lot clearer. And support women’s sports teams and female athletes whenever possible!


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