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Sanitarium supports Whanake o te Kōpara young women leaders

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WISPA is proud to partner with Sanitarium today, to support young women from Whanake o Te Kōpara to take part in the 8th IWG World Conference on Women in Sport in November.

  • Sanitarium provides 20 scholarships for participants of the Whanake o te Kōpara Leadership programme to attend the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport in November.
  • 20 young women from across Aotearoa will participate in the world’s largest gathering to advance gender equity and equality in sport and physical activity.
  • Whanake o te Kōpara is a young women’s leadership programme now in its second year, delivered by Women in Sport Aotearoa and The Shift Foundation.

Sanitarium is a household name in Aotearoa and its commitment to people’s health and wellbeing has remained steadfast for over 120 years. They help tackle hunger in New Zealand through the KickStart Breakfast Programme, support New Zealand Food Network, provide relief aid for communities in the South Pacific and encourage active lives through the famous Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon.

WISPA is delighted to be working with the team at Sanitarium to support the development of young women leaders aged 19-25. The scholarships will enable 20 women from the Whanake o te Kōpara Leadership Programme to participate in the world’s largest gathering to advance gender equity and equality in sport and physical activity. The event will attract around 1200 global sports leaders, activists and influencers both in person at The Aotea Centre, Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland and online.

Sanitarium Marketing Manager, Peter Davis said: We are delighted to support future leaders involved in Whanake o Te Kōpara and give them the opportunity to experience first-hand the benefits of being immersed in the IWG World Conference on Women & Sport.  

This contribution aligns with our strategic vision to encourage active and healthy lifestyles within our communities. We are proud to be part of this inspiring programme that promotes inclusive and equal opportunities for women and girls in sport and physical activity.  

Over 220+ sessions and nearly 500 presenters are already confirmed and will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these young women to collaborate and learn alongside international participants on a variety of topics that interest them.

WISPA CEO, Rachel Froggatt said: “Whanake o te Kōpara was founded because we (WISPA), alongside The Shift Foundation identified at the time that there were few leadership opportunities for young women, particularly in the sport, active recreation and wellbeing sectors. The programme was designed to address this gap, offering a safe and empowering environment for the participants to begin and build their leadership journey while strengthening their confidence, values and self-belief. 

Sanitarium has enabled us to provide an even richer experience for the women on the programme. To be a participant at the IWG World Conference will be a really unique experience for these young women and I believe it will shape and strengthen their leadership journey beyond the programme.”

Whanake o te Kōpara, now in its second year, with young women coming from across the motu (country) including; Kerikeri, Invercargill, Masteron, Nelson and our main centres. They met for the first time in July for their first wānanga where WISPA Co-Founder Sarah Leberman and Shift Founder Fran McEwen, and their respective teams, facilitated the three days.

WISPA Co-Chair and Co-Facilitator of Whanake o te Kōpara, Sarah Leberman MNZM said: The programme enables participants to identify their values, passions and strengths. It focuses on highlighting how everyone can exercise leadership, irrespective of who they are., During the programme, they explore how they would like to make a difference to people in their communities, via a Human-centred design process. The focus is on the process, rather than a specific outcome by the end of the programme.

The 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport is right before our last wānanga and is the perfect backdrop for the young women to share their ideas, learn from a global community and be inspired by what’s happening around the world.”

The next wānanga will take place in Ōtautahi, Christchurch this Friday.

Learn more about Whanake o te Kōpara and read the 2021 impact report.

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