Brighton Declaration

To be a true champion of equity for women and girls in sport and physical activity, is to endorse the Brighton plus Helsinki Declaration on Women and Sport.

Developed and established by the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport in 1994, the Brighton Declaration is an international treaty that has become a road map to support the ongoing development of a more fair and equitable system of sport and physical activity, fully inclusive of women and girls.

Its intention was to complement all sporting, local, national and international charters, laws, codes, rules and regulations relating to equity in sport and physical activity, whilst also setting an even higher benchmark related to the full inclusion of women and girls in all aspects society. Those that endorse the Declaration commit to upholding the 10 principles that enable women and girls to freely and safely participate, compete and build careers in sport and physical activity. 

In 2014, on the 20th anniversary of its original establishment, the Brighton Declaration was updated by the IWG to become the Brighton plus Helsinki Declaration, to better reflect a changed landscape, including major developments in international policy, while still holding true to the founding principles.

Today, nearly 600 global organisations are signatories to this treaty – with more organisations joining every day. To become a signatory to the Declaration is to show a belief in, and commitment to developing a culture that enables and values the full involvement of women in every aspect of sport and physical activity.

Future Signatories

If your organisation is interested in signing the Brighton plus Helsinki Declaration, please download the following Signatory Pack and Form:

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Brighton plus Helsinki 2014 Declaration

Download the Treaty: Brighton plus Helsinki 2014 Declaration on Women and Sport


Declaration Principles

The Brighton plus Helsinki Declaration has 10 principles and the IWG is committed to proactively adding value to the work of the signatories:


Current Signatories

Review the global organisations and entities that have signed the Declaration since 1994:



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