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IOC To Support IWG World Conference On Women & Sport


The International Working Group (IWG) on Women & Sport has announced the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has signed on to increase investment and support of the IWG World Conference on Women & Sport.

The next edition of the conference is scheduled to take place in Aotearoa, New Zealand, from 5-8 May 2022, with the event to be delivered in a hybrid format with simultaneous physical and virtual experiences.

The latest conference in Botswana in 2018 had over 1,200 global leaders attend in person, with the IWG expecting hundreds more to attend in person or virtually the 2022 edition.

The IWG secretary general, Rachel Froggatt, announced the partnership with the IOC at the Smart Cities and Sport Summit 2021 in Denmark, saying: “The IWG is thrilled to welcome the IOC to our family of global and local partners supporting the delivery of the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport.”

“For many years, the IOC has been working to achieve gender equality on and off the field of play and we are convinced that sharing stories of change from within the Olympic Movement will inspire more change around the world.

“Now, more than ever, we need to draw together as a global community of action, to drive positive change for women and girls in sport and physical activity.

“The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt in every corner of the globe, threatening momentum toward gender equity and equality.

“We are proud to have the IOC join us as a partner, as we drive onwards,” Froggatt said.

IOC Women in Sport Commission chair, Lydia Nsekera, said the IOC will encourage global change-makers from the Olympic Movement to participate in the conference, as well as showcasing its global leadership across participation, leadership, safe sport, portrayal, and resource allocation.

“The IOC is very pleased to support the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport,” Nsekera said.

“Such forums are instrumental to advancing gender equality and inclusion.

“They bring key actors together to reach this common goal we all have: building an equal and inclusive sporting world.

“In the challenging context we live in today, we must remember that diversity and equality are fundamental values that we can draw strength from – because we are all united in our diversity,” she said.

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