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Welcome to IWG

Empowering women – Advancing sport

Our story began in 1994 with the first World Conference on Women and Sport in Brighton, UK and the debut of the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport. Chapter by chapter our story has continued with the help of thousands of dedicated women and men the world over.

Our independent coordinating body is currently located in Gaborone, Botswana for the 2014 – 2018 quadrennial term and led by renowned international experts in the field who contribute their unique expertise to achieving the IWG’s mission: Empowering women – Advancing sport

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Past IWG World Conferences And Their Legacies

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The IWG World Conferences on Women and Sport are milestone events, which every four years focus global attention on specific goals and action steps aimed at offering men and women equal opportunities in the sport arena.

The economic, social and cultural impact of the many hundreds of delegates representing nations from all continents is significant and has resulted in concrete benefits for the previous host countries.

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IWG Latest News

International Netball World Congress Mass Signing Of The Brighton Plus Helsinki 2014 Declaration

The International Working Group on women and Sport (IWG) on the 7th of July hosted a mass signing

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IWG Secretary General, Ms Game Mothibi @ Smart Cities And Sport 2015 Summit, Lausanne, Switzerland

The IWG Secretary General, Ms Game Mothibi took part in the Smart Cities and Sport summit held in

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About Botswana

The heart of Southern Africa

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Welcome to simply the best part of Africa, Botswana, a land of unmatched beauty, abundant in wildlife and rich in culture, giving it a magical and dreamlike quality, from its prominent salt pans to diamond rich deserts and lush flood plains. Since peacefully gaining its independence 1966, Botswana has managed to exploit its wealth of underground resources, especially diamonds, to develop not only its diverse economy but also its people.

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“Call to complete the IWG Progress Report questionnaire”

A key part of the IWG’s work is to monitor progress for women and sport. At every World Conference since 1994 in Brighton, UK, a Progress Report has been published. The current Progress Report project is being conducted by an international team of researchers chaired by Professor Kari Fasting ( from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. The questionnaire monitoring the progress on women and sport has recently been sent out to all signatories of the Brighton Declaration and the Brighton + Helsinki Declaration. If you know your organization is among the signatories, please check that it has been received and answered.

The aim of the questionnaire is to collect information on developments that have taken place with respect to girls and women in sport and/or physical activity worldwide since 2013. The developments worldwide for women and sport will be made available to all 2018 World Conference participants in the form of a quadrennial Progress Report on Women and Sport.