Women & Girls

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Women & Girls in the Outdoors

Outdoor activity links and references for women & girls

Camping for Women

Camping for Women

Camping for Women is a website and organisation created and contributed to by women campers for women campers.

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The Camping for Women tagline is ‘The Global Resource for Women Campers’ which is the vision to continually build a comprehensive resource catering to the wants and needs of women campers irrespective of their location.

Womens Adventure, Travel & Camping Hub

Womens Adventure, Travel & Camping Hub

Facebook Group
The Women’s Adventure, Travel and Camping Hub aims to connect adventurous and wander-lusting female souls who love the outdoors, across the globe. 

Join the Movement

Join the Movement

Encouraging lifelong participation in sport and active recreation is vital to the overall health and wellbeing of Queensland’s women and girls. Plus, it’s fun!

It is time to Join the Movement, change the perception of exercise and make physical activity inviting, exciting, energising and inclusive with all the benefits that come along with it.

#jointhemovement

Start Playing Stay Playing

Getting women and girls active for life

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) population statistics from 2012 have revealed that the participation rate in physical activity for boys (70%) was significantly higher than that for girls (56%). Additionally, the participation rate was consistently higher for boys across each age group category.

Getting a little bit more active each day may sound hard, but there are simple ways you can add a bit of activity into your everyday life to make your work, study, family commitments, housework and homework active and fun!

Stay informed

Stay informed

 The Women and Girls Advisory Committee on Sport and Recreation was established to provide advice on how the government can improve women’s and girls’ lifelong participation in sport and active recreation.
Start Playing

Start Playing – where to participate

Find out about your local recreational areas and facilities where you can start playing.

Stay Relevant - information for organisations

Stay Relevant – information for organisations

These resources have been developed in response to the recommendations established by the Advisory Committee on Women and Girls in Sport and Recreation in an effort to assist sport and recreation organisations with identifying how women and girls can be better supported, and encouraged to be more active and stay more active.

Funding

Funding

Read about the funding available to assist women and girls to become active for life.

 

Barriers to Participation

Barriers to Participation

Barriers to participation vary for females at different stages of their lives. Check out the barriers to participation fact sheet for ideas on how you can help encourage females in your family, school or community to get active.

Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) population statistics from 2012 have revealed that the participation rate in physical activity for boys (70%) was significantly higher than that for girls (56%). Additionally, the participation rate was consistently higher for boys across each age group category.

This reflects findings from previous studies (in 2005 male participate rates were recorded at 88% compared to 82% for females). This means that some girls are missing out on the opportunity to:

  • develop leadership skills
  • develop self confidence
  • make new friends
  • stay fit and healthy

For girls, it’s even more important to promote physical activity in the school and home environment since they are less likely than boys to participate in physical activity after they leave school. Their experience with sport and active recreation may also influence whether they continue to participate in physical activity as adults and parents.

While some girls thrive on sport and competition, others may like to participate in more social physical activities, which may influence their decisions to be active as adults. It’s important to know and understand the challenges and barriers preventing women and girls from being more active so that you can be supportive and understanding of her needs.

Other Resources & Articles

37 Tips for Women Hiking Alone

37 Tips for Women Hiking Alone 

What could make you more independent, strong, and skillful than hiking solo? Probably nothing!

That’s why it’s so attractive to travelers of all ages and capabilities to try their skills alone in the wilderness.

But, of course, solo hiking demands more preparation and experience. Especially when we’re talking about women hiking alone.

Dirt Divas take on Competitive Mountain Biking

Dirt Divas take on Competitive Mountain Biking

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Queensland and national mountain biking champion Eva Plessing says there are so few female competitors in Australia she is regularly forced to race against men.

While there has been a 20 per cent increase in recreational participation rates across Australia over the past 12 months, very few women are taking part in competition

Record Attempt to Circumnavigate Antarctica

Record Attempt to Circumnavigate Antarctica

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Queensland sailor Lisa Blair has set off from Western Australia’s south coast town of Albany to attempt a world record circumnavigating Antarctica.

Queensland's female world champion to defend title

Queensland’s female world champion to defend title

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Current national women’s raceboarding champion Jo Sterling will defend her title this week.

Sterling, a Manly local, said it was a wonderful opportunity to compete in her home town.

“When I started sailing I was one of a few on the water.

“To have the world championships here, with 85 boards on a start line yesterday, was amazing and it shows how far we’ve come.”

The Rewilding Project

The Rewilding Project

The Rewilding Project is a movement that reconnects women to the natural environment. A unique way of experiencing the outdoors vital for women’s physical health, fitness and wellbeing.

Aussie Cliff Diving Champion

Aussie Cliff Diving Champion

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An unknown on the world stage at the start of the season, Australian Rhiannan Iffland has stormed to the Red Bull Cliff Diving title with five wins from seven events.

Blog: Hike Like a Woman

Hike Like a Woman

We hike.  We inspire.  We educate.

We want you to join us as we discuss our adventures and misadventures.

We want you to laugh as you read our trip reports.

We want you to be here as we lace up our boots together and hit the trails no matter where you live.

We’re real women.

We’re authentic.

We’re passionate about the outdoors.

Women, not girls: Olympic commentators urged to respect female athletes

Women, not girls: Olympic commentators urged to respect female athletes

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Photo: Andre Penner/AP.

They are extraordinarily talented female athletes who have climbed to the pinnacle of their sport.

After years of dedication, sacrifice, commitment, disappointment, sometimes heartbreak – and in many cases severe injuries along the way – thousands of women athletes have come from around the world to compete for gold against the world’s best at Rio.

And when we watch them from the comfort of our lounge room, marvelling at their elite skills, prowess and power, is it okay to call them “girls”, or should they be referred to only as “women”?

It’s a question that has prompted strong responses on social media, as some people hit out at commentators who have called female athletes girls during the opening days of the Olympics

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This awesome freerunning video will make you want to take up parkour

This awesome freerunning video will make you want to take up parkour

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The video shows Annty Marais, a parkour coach, mover, athlete; Fizz Hood, a movement artist, stunt woman and parkour coach; and Shirley Darlington, parkour coach working simultaneously, demonstrating the grace of this unique and somewhat unusual sport.

Women's Sport

Women’s Sport

Overall, gender differences in the rate of sports participation exist across all activities (including participants, coaches, officials, administrators and Board Directors), age categories, and in most population sub-groups.

Females within segments of the population; including persons with disability; culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) groups; Indigenous; young girls, teenagers and mature age Australians; are generally under-represented in sport participation when compared to their male cohort.  Therefore, concerns exist that gender bias may be preventing half our population from receiving the full benefit of participation in sport and physical activity.

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