IWG - International Working Group on Women and Sport

Welcome!

We are pleased to invite you to Finlandia Hall  for the 20th year anniversary conference of the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG), which takes place in Helsinki, Finland June 12 - 15, 2014.  

The 6th World Conference on Women and Sport combines theory, policy, and practice in the area of women and sport and brings together decision-makers, politicians, researchers, educators and students, coaches and athletes with the aim of advancing the dialogue around women in sports and creating positive change.

The conference provides an excellent opportunity to meet and discuss with experts from around the world, not only during the professional program but also in the excellent social gatherings during the evenings – open to all participants.

Participation in the IWG’s quadrennial conferences has been growing consistently since the first World Conference on Women and Sport in 1994. We expect for approximately 500 – 700 participants from around the world.

And we expect to see you here, too!

Raija Mattila

Co-Chair, International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG)

Conference news

Join your IWG Regional Meeting at the conference!

All participants of the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport are encouraged to join their respective IWG Regional Meetings. Don't miss your chance to network, stay up-to-date on the activities on your continent, and take part in the planning of future activities concerning women and sport regionally. The Regional Meetings will take place on Thursday, June 12 at 11:00 - 12:30 at the conference venue, the Finlandia Hall.

Let's make this the biggest IWG World Conference ever! 560 have already registered

With less than 2 months to go until the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport, we already have 560 registered participants from 60 different countries. The registration is still open and there’s plenty of space at Finlandia Hall – do not hesitate to register for the conference today and join un on June 12 – 15 in Helsinki!

IOC President to speak at the 6th IWG World Conference

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Thomas Bach, IOC President, will be joining the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport as a Distinguished Speaker. He will be speaking at the Opening Ceremony together with President Tarja Halonen, Patron in Chief of the Conference, Sir Philip Craven, IPC President, Ms. Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the European Commission, and many others.

Engage yourself with hashtags ahead of #6WCHelsinki!

Hashtags are a great way to take part in conversations on social media ahead of and during the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport. Take a look at this article to find our how to use our conference hashtags, including #6WCHelsinki. We included a few basic tips to get you started!

Presenting the Conference Venue: Finlandia Hall

With only 65 days until the conference, we'd like to give our conference participants the chance to sneak a peek of the beautiful conference venue - the Finlandia Hall. Event Coordinator Heidi Hujanen gives a short overview of the building, its uses and architecture. Also - scroll down for some amazing photos!

Newest partner ICSD "joins IWG and conference participants as leaders and agents of change"

We're pleased to announce that the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) has agreed to serve as Partner to the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport. During the conference, ICSD will formally endorse the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport.

Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company to serve as Media Partner to the 6th IWG World Conference

We're pleased to announce that Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company will serve as Media Partner to the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport. The partnership will strenghten the visibility of the IWG, the conference, and women's and girls' sport and physical activity in Finland and abroad.

First One Minute Message comes from Irish surfer

We're pleased to announce the first One Minute Message, made by Easkey Britton, Irish surfer and co-founder of Waves of Freedom. In the video, Easkey describes the powerful experience she had while surfing with pioneering Iranian sportswomen.

IWG to be hosted by Botswana in 2014 - 2018

We are delighted to announce that the legal entity to host the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) secretariat 2014 – 2018 and the 7th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport is Botswana National Sport Council (BNSC). The IWG Co-Chair 2014 – 2018 is Ms. Ruth Maphorisa, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture in Botswana. Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) takes over the co-chairpersonship on September 1, 2014.

100 days to go until the 6th IWG World Conference

Today marks the beginning of the 100-day countdown to the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport, to be organized in Helsinki, Finland on June 12 - 15, 2014 under the main theme "Lead the Change - Be the Change".

Will you volunteer at the 6th IWG World Conference?

The online application for volunteers is now open! The application period is March 1 - April 15. Volunteering at the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport offers a unique and inspiring possibility to get acquainted with the work in an international environment.

Submission Review concluded - quality exceptional

The review of the individual submissions and proposals for parallel sessions has been concluded. The task of the reviewers was difficult, as proposals were of exceptionally good quality - partly ourstanding. The results of the review have been sent to all submitters via email.

6th IWG World Conference to be co-sponsored by WHO

We're delighted to announce that the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport will be co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO). We warmly welcome the WHO as cosponsor, as their work  closely relates to one of the conference themes: "MOVE ME! Physical activity, health & well-being for life", with presentations aimed at improving women's and girls' health via the promotion of sport and physical activity.

Conference program is out!

During the past weeks, we have been getting many inquiries from enthusiastic people about the program of the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport. Thus we're delighted to publish a detailed program including the conference timetable hour by hour, and confirmed Opening Ceremony  and Plenary Session speakers. We're also pleased to confirm the participation of many new outstanding speakers.

 

Peter Tallberg urges sporting world to join the conference

We're pleased to forward IOC Member Peter Tallberg's invitation to the global Olympic and Sports Movement to join the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport. In addition to the conference program and speakers, Mr. Tallberg believes that the white midsummer nights of Finland are also a great attraction to many conference participants.

Join the celebrations on Brighton Avenue

Are you representing a Brighton Declaration signatory? Would you like to showcase your work at the conference exhibition? We are delighted to offer a complimentary exhibition space to 20 Brighton Declaration signatories. The 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport celebrates the 20 years of the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport, today signed by more than 400 organizations.

Reminder: Early bird registration fee and hotels

With only 4 months to go until the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport, we would like to remind you that the deadline for reduced registration fee is April 1, 2014. It is equally important to book your hotel as soon as possible.

Call for support: IWG Scholarship Fund

The IWG is delighted to announce the first organizations that have decided provide conference participants from emerging countries with scholarships: European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation ENGSO, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Football Association of Finland, and Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation. The support of the Scholarship Partners is vital in order to ensure the diversity of voices at the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport.

 
Do you have an interesting story or news related to women and sport waiting to be told? One Minute Message allows you to share your voice and thoughts on the current topics on women and sport or equality in sport more generally. Your message will be shared on our social media, and a number of selected videos will be displayed during the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport.

Call for submissions ended: proposals from 57 countries

The call for submissions has now ended. We are happy to announce that we have received 234 individual submissions from 57 different countries across all continents. In addition to the individual submissions, we received more than 30 session proposals of excellent quality before due date. Both proposals are under review at the moment.

IOC President's address to the 6th IWG World Conference

The IWG is delighted to announce that the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport has received an address from the IOC President Thomas Bach, stating that "The IOC is pleased to support the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport, which will see the participation of key stakeholders, and to play its part in leading 'the change'". The IWG is pleased for the IOC President’s words, and we warmly welcome the international Olympic and sport movement to Finland and Helsinki in June 2014.

What can I do to "Lead the Change"?

As an open network, the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) offers many possibilities for individuals and organizations – no matter where you are – to contribute to our mission “Empowering women – Advancing sport”.

Sports Museum of Finland to serve as Partner

The IWG is happy to announce the Sports Museum of Finland as Partner to the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport. The museum is organizing an exhibition titled "Women and Sport". With the help of the museum, a special exhibition on the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport will be set up at the conference venue of the 6th IWG World Conference.

 
The IWG is happy to announce Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre, as Partner to the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport. Heureka has been an active educator, finding new ways to make science more attractive to the public and paying attention to women and girls in particular. During the conference, the Heureka building will serve as the venue for the reception by the city of Vantaa on Friday, June 13.

Professor Fasting awarded in Finland's Sports Gala

Professor emerita Kari Fasting received a fair play award at Finland's Sports Gala on January 15, 2014. Professor Fasting was awarded for her long-standing work and expertize in the field of gender equality and human rights in sport. The International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) takes this opportunity to congratulate professor Fasting for this acknowledgement.

Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation to support the 6th IWG World Conference

We're happy to announce the newest National Partner to the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport, Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation. The IWG is grateful for the generous donation of the Foundation, which enhances the visibility of women's and girls' sport in 2014 in Finland, and enables the participation of migrant women in Finland in the 6th IWG World Conference. The donation also financially supports organizing the IWG Conference and the publication of the "From Brighton to Helsinki 1994 - 2014" IWG Progress Report.

IAPESGW and WSI to serve as Partners

We are delighted to announce that International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW) and Women Sport International (WSI) will serve as Partners to the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport. IAPESGW and WSI are the two NGO members of the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG).

Will you join these amazing speakers? Submit your proposal today!

With exactly 6 months to go, the IWG secretariat is delighted to publish the first names amongst the speakers that will be presenting during the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport on June 12–15, 2014 in Helsinki, Finland. Why not climb up there yourself and present the work you or your organization is doing? We are calling for submissions, but hurry up - the deadlines are approaching!

6th IWG World Conference to be organized in association with FISU

The IWG is grateful to announce that the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport will be organized in association with the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The IWG is also grateful to announce that Ms. Rosaura Méndez Gamboa, FISU Assessor and Gender Equity Committee Chair, will serve as a distinguished speaker at the 6th IWG World Conference, and that the FISU family will have a strong presence with participants from all over the world.

ICSSPE to serve as Strategic Partner

The IWG is delighted to announce the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) as a Strategic Partner to the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport. ICSSPE contributes to the programme by hosting a symposium during the congress. ICSSPE will also host their General Assembly prior to the 6th IWG World Conference in Helsinki. Additionally, ICSSPE President  Margaret Talbot will give a keynote presentation during the event.

Commissioner Vassiliou grants her patronage to the 6th IWG World Conference

We are happy to announce that the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport will be organized under the patronage of Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the European Commission. We are grateful to have Mrs. Vassiliou's contribution to the content of the conference, as she has also confirmed her participation as a conference speaker.

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