IWG 2018-2022

The International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport is the world’s largest network dedicated to advancing sport by empowering women and girls.

Established in 1994, the network developed and is the guardian of the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport. Updated in 2014, the Brighton plus Helsinki Declaration now has over 550+ signatories – global organisations demonstrating their commitment to ensuring that women and girls can freely and safely participate, compete and build careers in sport. Amongst them stand the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and FIFA.

The IWG works year-round to bring attention to the important issues facing women and girls in sport by supporting the development and the sharing of research and insights, plus global advocacy. It partners with agencies, including the United Nations, UNESCO and WHO, to drive awareness and support positive change.

Every four years it stages the largest gathering in the world to advance gender equity and equality in sport and physical activity, with the next edition being staged in Auckland, New Zealand, 5-8 May 2022. Registrations are now open and wherever you are in the world, you can access the conference in ways that will work for you. For more information or to register for the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport, click here.

Find out more about the IWG at www.iwgwomenandsport.org or on social media:

Photos: 7th IWG World Conference, including the moment New Zealand IWG Co-Chair Raewyn Lovett was handed the flag as the new host nation (May 2018).

IWG Secretariat 2018-2022

The global IWG Secretariat – the administrative function – shifts every four years and at the end of each period, the IWG World Conference takes place.

The 1st IWG World Conference, Brighton 1994, took place in the UK. Since then, IWG host nations have included Windhoek, Namibia (1998); Montreal, Canada (1998-2002); Kumamoto, Japan (2002-2006); Sydney, Australia (2006-2010); Helsinki, Finland (2010-2014); and Gabarone, Botswana (2014-2018).

Following a competitive bid in 2018, led by Women in Sport Aotearoa, alongside Sport New Zealand; Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE); Ministry for Women; Tourism New Zealand; Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED); and New Zealand Olympic Committee, New Zealand won the right to be the international host nation for 2018-2022.

In September 2018, a delegation from IWG Botswana visited Auckland to hand over the reins to Women in Sport Aotearoa, now global delivery agent for the international Secretariat programme and the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport, Auckland, Tāmaki Makaurau, 5-8 May 2022. This is a huge honour for New Zealand and presents an exceptional opportunity for the sports sector to step up. By 2022, the plan is to be standing on that stage as global best practice for gender equity in sport. 

Photos: 1) IWG Botswana Co-Chair welcomed by Ngati Whatua; 2) IWG Botswana Delegation at the official Farewell; 3) In front of the Suffrage 125 Monument in Auckland 

IWG New Zealand Team

Women in Sport Aotearoa is the official delivery agent for the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport Secretariat & Conference 2018-2022.

In its Strategic Plan, Women in Sport Aotearoa has pledged to:

  • Successfully deliver the IWG Strategic Plan and 2022 World Conference
  • Increase the significance and impact of IWG internationally
  • Build a highly networked and engaged global community
  • Stand up globally for safe sport
  • Build knowledge, networks and capability in Oceania to support and deliver sustainable change
  • Support New Zealand sport and recreation sector to become a global benchmark for gender equity
  • Build New Zealand’s reputation and position as a global thought-leader on gender equity in sport and recreation

The IWG and Women in Sport Aotearoa Patron, the Rt Hon. Helen Clark, was announced on UN International Women’s Day, 8 March 2019.

The IWG Co-Chair for New Zealand is Raewyn Lovett ONZM, alongside Ms Ruth Maphorisa of Botswana.

Women in Sport Aotearoa Chief Executive Officer, Rachel Froggatt, is IWG Secretary General 2018-2022.

To find out more about our role, please visit the Secretariat section of the IWG website.

8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport

The IWG World Conference on Women & Sport is the largest gathering in the world to advance gender equity and equality in sport and physical activity.

Change inspires change. More than ever, women and girls need positive change in global sport and physical activity.

Connect with our community of action through a conference uniquely designed to provide both a virtual or a hybrid experience. The worlds’ best insights, case studies, toolkits, ideas and stories of change woven together to inspire and accelerate more change.

Earlybird registration is open now with two registration types available:

The ‘Inspire Pass’ will offer an outstanding virtual experience accessible from almost anywhere in the world via a world-class online conferencing system. This Pass will offer live content, international speakers and storytellers, and interactivity to support collaboration and networking across borders.

The ‘InspirePLUS Pass’ will be the best of both worlds. It will give participants access to a full hybrid experience, seamlessly weaving together content delivered in-person, with that delivered virtually. It will also connect in-person attendees in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, with online attendees globally.

Visit the IWG website for more information and to register for the 8th IWG World Conference, Auckland, 5-8 May 2022. 


“Change Inspires Change”

The “Change Inspires Change” campaign and conference theme is all about empowering the individual to make positive change for women and girls in sport and physical activity worldwide. The concept follows a simple premise: “every change you make, no matter how small or large, inspires the next, and the next. By sharing your story, you can help inspire others to make change.” 

Watch the 90-second campaign film here:

The campaign was launched in September and was supported by a lineup of speakers and panellists including Chief Executive of Sport New Zealand, Raelene Castle and Minister of Sport and Recreation, Grant Robertson. Read about the launch here and the post-event story here.

Watch the 90-minute online launch here:

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