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 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 development and sharing 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 world’s largest conference dedicated to women and girls in sport, attracting over 1,500 global experts on gender equity in sport.

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 & Conference 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 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, Auckland. 5-8 May 2022. This is a huge honour for New Zealand and presents an exceptional opportunity for the sport sector to step up. By 2022, the plan is to be standing on that stage as global best practice for gender equity in sport. 

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

The IWG turned 25 years old on 7 May 2019 – find out more about how we celebrated the moment at the Captain’s Lunch!


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 

“Change Inspires Change”

In September 2020, the ‘Change Inspires Change’ campaign was launched, along with details about the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport.

Read about the launch and all the great speakers and panelists involved here. Read the news story we sent out post event here.

View our 90sec campaign film here:

View our 90min online launch here:

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.

A number of key people and agencies are also providing exceptional support through the Local Organising Committee of the 8th IWG World Conference.

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

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