Actively Engaged: A Policy on Sport for Women and Girls is a national policy that came into effect January 1, 2009. The main objective of this policy is to “foster sport environments—from playground to podium—where women and girls, particularly as athlete participants, coaches, technical leaders and officials, and as governance leaders are provided with: quality sport experiences; and equitable support by sport organizations” (Canadian Hertiage, 2009, p. 6). The policy aims to achieve this objective through four different policy interventions: program improvement, strategic leadership, awareness, and knowledge development. I think there are more weaknesses than strengths to this policy.
- Includes a monitoring and evaluation section
- Acknowledges that there are cultural barriers to participation
- Has become part of the Sport Funding and Accountability Framework
- Lack of integration across the sport system
- There was no mention of collaboration with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity
- The policy isn’t mentioned in or supported by the 2012 Canadian Sport Policy
- Some language is vague and misleading
- Lack of promotion/media attention surrounding policy’s release
- Not enough women involved in the creation of this policy
- Canadian sport system still prioritizes elite sport, so women and girls at the grassroots level will have a hard time seeing any benefits
- There has been no follow up with how often it claims the policy will be evaluated
Overall, I think that this policy will not create the change it promises, and thus needs to be rewritten.
Canadian Heritage. (2009). Actively Engaged: A Policy on Sport for Women and Girls. Retrieved from http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1414511367652/1414602693839