New study finds severe gender inequality for Canadian women in sport
Canada may be a sport-loving nation, but when it comes to access to sport for Canadian women, it has a long way to go for the win. So say the findings from a new research publication, unveiled today by Canada's dairy farmers and the Canadian Association for Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS).
The report, entitled Women in Sport—Fuelling a Lifetime of Participation, highlights the severe gender inequality for Canadian women in sport, and is the first of its kind, pairing data and research from academic journals and peer-reviewed articles, with primary research obtained from national surveys and the analysis of four years of female sports media coverage.
Among its key findings:
Adds Karin Lofstrom, Executive Director, CAAWS: "Through the FWC initiative, Canada's dairy farmers are influencing positive social change and we are thrilled to have helped discover new, Canada-specific data through this research partnership. The next step is to address these research findings and make progress in advancing the action-orientated recommendations for women's sport in Canada."
With the purpose of the research publication being to inform, educate and inspire action across Canada, the study brings much-needed attention to the realities for women in sport and the challenges they face. To guide the research process, the publication aims to explore and uncover what principle hurdles impact female participation in sport.
The study was funded by Canada's dairy farmers as part of their Fuelling Women Champions movement, which focuses on advancing female sport so that all women and girls, regardless of age or ability, can access and experience the benefits of sport.
For more information, to obtain a copy of the study, or to get involved in the initiative, visit www.womenchampions.ca. Follow and join the movement online to #ChampionHer. An animated infographic, illustrating many of the research publication's key statistics, can be found by visiting www.womenchampions.ca/infographic
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About Fuelling Women Champions
Fuelling Women Champions is a national, multi-year initiative spearheaded by Canada's dairy farmers and it is dedicated to the advancement of women in sport. Canada's dairy farmers are personally committing their time, energy and resources to this cause, and have partnered with several thought-leaders, celebrated athletes, and sports organizations.
SOURCE Dairy Farmers of Canada (Corporate)
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