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ERIC Number: ED451306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Girls' Sports and Physical Activities in the Community: An Inclusive Vision for the New Millennium.
Varpalotai, Aniko; Doherty, Alison
The Gender Equity in Recreation Services Policy for the City of London (Ontario, Canada, November 1996) was the first municipal policy of its kind in Canada. It followed the development of the Sport Canada Policy on Women in Sport and the Ontario Policy on Full and Fair Access for Women and Girls in Sport and Physical Activity. It resulted from initiatives by a local advocacy group, Females Active In Recreation (FAIR), which involved local educators, coaches, public health workers, recreation leaders, and parents. It was initiated after research found a three-to-one ratio of male to female participants across all sports. This paper critiques past approaches to gender equity in sports, reexamining contradictory notions behind liberal theories of equity, which rely heavily on traditional political and legal processes and policymaking. Models of school-community collaboration are noted. The paper describes the theoretical framework, highlighting liberal feminist, post-liberal, and poststructuralist theories. It also discusses the importance of interorganizational collaboration. It concludes that London's Gender Equity Policy has resulted in progress and new levels of community awareness, but there are still questions about the extent of structural change and growth in diversity and inclusion. (Contains 28 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada