IWG Secretariat

The 1st IWG World Conference, Brighton 1994, took place in the UK and provided the foundation for the Movement.

Since then, the global IWG Secretariat – the administrative function – has shifted every four years.

Since 1994, IWG Conference cities and Secretariat host nations have included:

  • Brighton, UK (Conference 1994; Secretariat 1994-1998) + Windhoek, Namibia (Conference 1998)
  • Montreal, Canada (Secretariat 1998 – 2002; Conference 2002)
  • Kumamoto, Japan (Secretariat  2002 – 2006; Conference 2006)
  • Sydney, Australia (Secretariat 2006 – 2010; Conference 2010)
  • Helsinki, Finland (Secretariat 2010 – 2014; Conference 2014)
  • Gabarone, Botswana (Secretariat 2014 – 2018; Conference 2018)
  • CURRENT – Auckland, New Zealand (Secretariat 2018 – 2022; Conference 2022)

Current Host, IWG Secretariat & Conference 2018 – 2022

Following a competitive bid in 2018, New Zealand won the right to become international host nation for IWG Secretariat & Conference 2018 – 2022.


Future Host, IWG Secretariat & Conference 2022 – 2026

Expressions of interest are now being sought from potential host nations for the IWG Secretariat & Conference 2022 – 2026.

Please contact the current IWG Secretary General.


Roles & Responsibilities of the IWG Secretariat

Hosting the IWG Secretariat is a four-year commitment and carries significant responsibility, including:

  • Development, management and implementation of the quadrennial IWG Strategic Plan, the foundation document for all IWG work internationally
  • Promoting and monitoring the IWG Brighton plus Helsinki Declaration and adding value to the work of the global Signatories – currently over 550+
  • Design and delivery of the IWG World Conference every four years – the largest gathering of experts on gender equity in sport and physical activity
  • Development and implementation of IWG Global Programmes, including the IWG Hub, Advocacy Campaigns, and support for the IWG Global Network
  • Relationship management with global governmental/non-governmental agencies and organisations (Ie. UN Women, UNESCO, WHO)
  • Responsibility for management of all IWG external and internal affairs, globally
  • Day-to-day support for the IWG Global Executive

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