Message from IWG Co-Chair Raewyn Lovett ONZM and IWG Secretary General (and WISPA CEO) Rachel Froggatt:
Last week we advised Presenters and Registered Participants about the border situation here in Aotearoa New Zealand. In summary, if we were to continue ahead on our current dates with the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport, the border restrictions would prevent us from welcoming any speakers or participants in-person from outside New Zealand.
After extensive consultation with our stakeholders and partners, we have made the collective decision to postpone the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport by 6 months, to 14-17 November 2022. The in-person event will still take place in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and will now dovetail into the end of the Women’s Rugby World Cup, also taking place in the city during November.
It was agreed that the planned hybrid in-person and virtual format is still the ideal way to experience the event, and that postponement would allow us to try and preserve the vision to create a highly interactive, collaborative and connected event in-person, with an equally vibrant experience online.
We are very grateful to Sport New Zealand for their continued faith and investment in this vision and our overall mission to improve equity and equality for women and girls in sport and physical activity. A massive thank you also to our many partners, who have thrown their support behind this decision.
Changes to your Registration & Next Steps
We remain committed to delivering this event and the involvement of our Presenters and Registered Participants are incredibly valuable to us. If you belong to one of these two groups, you will have received an email from us today, with further information on how we hope to move forward.
New registrations for the conference will be on hold until we re-launch in the New Year.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request any changes.
More information and Christmas contacts
You can read the updated FAQs section on the IWG website.
If your question is urgent, please email our agency The Conference Company, on the email above.
Please note, the IWG Secretariat (WISPA) office in Aotearoa New Zealand will be closed for 2 weeks over Christmas, from 24 December to 10 January. The email@example.com box will be monitored.
Please accept our best wishes for a lovely Christmas and we hope to see you next November!
Raewyn Lovett ONZM
International Working Group (IWG) on Women & Sport
Secretary General, International Working Group (IWG) on Women & Sport
Chief Executive, Women in Sport Aotearoa (WISPA)