Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity

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The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) provides leadership and education, and builds capacity to foster equitable support, diverse opportunities and positive experiences for girls and women in sport and physical activity.

CAAWS Values Respect, Equity, Innovation, Passion and Strategic Directions 

1. Leadership
CAAWS leads nationally and internationally on issues affecting girls and women in sport and physical activity. CAAWS supports the development of more opportunities for more women to lead, and works to enhance the support for and available to women in leadership roles.

2. Participation
CAAWS works collaboratively across organizations and sectors to ensure girls and women, regardless of circumstance, have access to quality sport and physical activity experiences, and the benefits associated with regular participation. Areas of focus for CAAWS over the next four years will be Aboriginal girls and young women, women 55-70, low socioeconomic status mothers, and girls and women in diverse cultural communities.

3. Education
CAAWS educates people on issues related to girls’ and women’s participation in sport and physical activity through the creation and provision of knowledge, materials and support needed to understand and build an equitable sport and physical activity system.

4. Community Awareness and Engagement
CAAWS develops relationships, builds partnerships and collaborates with individuals and community, provincial/territorial, and national organizations to create an equitable sport and physical activity system.