Photos: 1): Foundation Members Meeting 2016; 2) Photo 2: Consultation with the Hon Grant Robertson, Minister for Sport & Recreation, 2018; 3) Photo 3: Official handover of the IWG Secretariat & Conference from Botswana, 2018
Women in Sport Aotearoa, Ngā Wāhine Hākinakina o Aotearoa, is a charity that exists to transform society through leadership, advocacy and research, ensuring that all women and girls gain equity of opportunity to participate, compete and build careers in play, active recreation and sport in Aotearoa New Zealand.
We launched on UN International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017.
Women in Sport Aotearoa was co-founded by co-chairs, Julie Paterson (CEO, Tennis New Zealand) and Sarah Leberman (Professor, Massey University).
The organisation was supported from the beginning by a passionate set of Foundation Members and is now governed by a strong and committed Board.
In November 2022, Nicky van den Bos accepted the role as Acting Chief Executive after inaugural CEO Rachel Froggatt made the decision to step down following more than 4 years in the role. Meet the WISPA team.
Our Patron, the Rt Hon. Helen Clark ONZ, was announced on UN International Women’s Day, 8 March 2019 – our 2nd anniversary.
Our Vision is to see all ‘Women and girls valued, visible and influential in sport.’
Our Strategic Plan has five pillars: Challenge the System; Lead the Change; Be the Voice; Take it Global; and Secure the Future. Every day we work to create positive social change for women and girls at home and abroad irrespective of their ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, physical ability or other identities.
Learn more through our Annual Reports.
Our programmes are varied, and include insight and research, change leadership, advocacy campaigns and speaking engagements.
In 2018, our work included expert consultation into the New Zealand government ‘Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation’ Strategy. Launched in October 2018 by Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Sport & Recreation, the Hon Grant Robertson, the strategy has a $10m commitment from Sport New Zealand. Women in Sport Aotearoa is committed to assisting in its deployment wherever it can.
It was with great pride that in September 2018, we became the global delivery agent for the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport Secretariat & Conference 2018-2022. This included administrative responsibility for the world’s largest network of experts on gender equity in sport and active recreation, responsibility for nearly 600 signatories to the Brighton + Helsinki Declaration, plus partnerships including UN Women and UNESCO. In 2022, Women in Sport Aotearoa staged the 8th IWG World Conference in Auckland and hosted 1,700+ global delegates to Auckland and online to advance strategies and initiatives for gender equality in sport and recreation. Read the news story.
In May 2018, it was announced that Women in Sport Aotearoa, in partnership with the Shift Foundation, was appointed delivery agent for the annual Sport NZ Women + Girls Summit 2019-2021. The inaugural event was staged at Te Papa in Wellington on 7 October 2019 and attracted over 340 delegates.
Find out more about our Programmes.
Our funding comes from a mix of Grants & Trusts, Donations, Fundraising & Gifts and Commercial Partnerships, which together make Women in Sport Aotearoa’s leadership, research and advocacy work possible.
We are incredibly grateful for any support we receive. You can help too. Visit Support Us or Donate Now.
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