About

The International Working Group (IWG) on Women & Sport is the world’s largest network dedicated to “Empowering women and girls – Advancing Sport“. It is fully aligned to the 17x United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.

Established in 1994, the IWG developed and remains guardian of the Brighton plus Helsinki 2014 Declaration, which now has 550+ signatories. 

The IWG is governed by the IWG Global Executive. It advocates for gender equity year-round, running programmes including the Insight Hub. Every four years, it stages the IWG World Conference, the world’s largest gathering of experts on gender equity in sport and physical activity, with 1500+ delegates. 

The current IWG Secretariat 2018 – 2022 is held by New Zealand. The 8th IWG World Conference will take place in Auckland, New Zealand, 5-8 May 2022.

The IWG is a not-for-profit with funding from a mix of Grants & TrustsDonations, Fundraising & Gifts and Commercial Partnerships.

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IWG Patron

Find out all you need to know about the IWG Patron the Rt. Hon Helen Clark, ONZ.


IWG Global Executive

Click here to read more about who are our 13 IWG global leaders. 


IWG Secretariat 

Every four years, the IWG Secretariat and World Conference move to a new host nation. Click here to see past and the current IWG Secretariat. 


IWG Legacies 1994-2018

Click here to see the past legacies that supported future development of the IWG from previous host nations. 


IWG Catalyst E-Newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest IWG news here.

8th IWG WORLD CONFERENCE

Get involved online or in New Zealand, May 2022

BRIGHTON DECLARATION

Find out how to endorse and use this global treaty

INSIGHT HUB: RESEARCH & CASE STUDIES

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IWG GLOBAL PROGRAMMES

Read about the work the IWG carries out globally

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