Women and Sport
From Montreal to Kumamoto
It is now 12 years since Brighton, England, hosted the First World Conference on women in sport, which produced the historic Brighton Declaration and launched the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG). The intervening years have been marked by considerable success in advancing women’s equality in sport. Highlights include the Second IWG World Conference, held in Windhoek, Namibia, in May 1998, and the Third IWG World Conference, staged in Montreal, Canada, in May 2002. And now women in sport and physical activity are gathering in Kumamoto, Japan, in May 2006, coming from around the world to attend the Fourth IWG World Conference on Women in Sport.
Between conferences, the IWG’s responsibilities include monitoring progress as called for in the Brighton Declaration, the Windhoek Call for Action, and the Montreal Communiqué, and then producing a comprehensive report of actions taken, progress made, lessons learned, and gaps identified.
This report to the Fourth IWG World Conference traces progress made since Montreal in advancing women in sport throughout the world and builds on the record of achievement noted in two previous reports that covered 1994 to 1998 and 1998 to 2002.
These reports — Women and Sport. From Brighton to Windhoek: Facing the Challenge and From Windhoek to Montreal. Women and Sport Progress Report 1998-2002 — have proven to be invaluable living documents. From Montreal to Kumamoto — Women and Sport Progress Report 2002-2006 is the next step in the IWG’s ongoing commitment to compiling a factual and fascinating record of the struggles and triumphs of women and girls in sport around the world.