IWG Catalyst e-Newsletter – 8 March 2019

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The Rt Hon. Helen Clark ONZ – New IWG Global Patron

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha o te ao, tēnā koutou katoa,
[All authorities, all voices, the many affiliations throughout the world, greetings]

Kia ora. Hello. Welcome to the new installment of the IWG Catalyst e-Newsletter.

It gives me great pleasure to invite you to attend the 8th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport, which will take place from 5 to 8 May 2022 in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa – Auckland, New Zealand.
I strongly believe that girls and women deserve equity of opportunity to participate, compete and build careers in sport and recreation and in all other parts of life, freely and safely.  During my time in government and later with the United Nations, I saw at first-hand how sport can empower and unify communities. 
Congratulations on all the work you are doing to support girls and women. We hope that you will be able to come to Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, in 2022 and share the experiences of your work. 
Nāku noa, nā
[Yours faithfully]

The Rt Hon. Helen Clark ONZ, IWG Patron
Former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (2009 – 2017)
37th Prime Minister of New Zealand (1999 – 2008)

The Rt Hon. Helen Clark was today announced as Global Patron of the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport Secretariat & Conference 2018 – 2022 and its delivery agent, Women in Sport Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Dates announced – 8th IWG World Conference

The next IWG World Conference will take place between 5-8 May 2022 at the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) in Auckland, New Zealand. Visit the Conference section on the new IWG website start planning your trip now!

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Presentation at UN CSW63, New York

Professor Sarah Leberman will present in a parallel event alongside world leading experts at 8.30am on Wednesday 13 March 2019. New IWG Secretary General Rachel Froggatt will also be a delegate from 9 – 15 March 2019.

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New IWG Global Executive

A new line-up for the IWG Global Executive has been announced, featuring 12 senior international leaders based in Botswana, Japan, the USA, Finland, Venezuela, Switzerland, Norway, Zambia, Mali and New Zealand.

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New IWG Secretariat 2018-2022

New Zealand has become official host nation for the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport Secretariat and Conference 2018-2022, with Women in Sport Aotearoa New Zealand, appointed as delivery agent.

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New IWG Strategic Plan 2018-2022

The IWG has a Strategic Plan for each quadrennial period. The most recent iteration was developed by the IWG New Zealand Secretariat and was approved by the IWG Global Executive in January 2019.

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New IWG Brand, Website, & Social

A new IWG global brandmark has been revealed. The stylised “W” represents collaboration, connectivity and unity, and is reminiscent of a set of wings. A new website and social media channels are also now live.

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Brighton plus Helsinki 2014 Declaration

To be a true champion of equity for women and girls in sport and physical activity, is to endorse the IWG Brighton plus Helsinki 2014 Declaration on Women and Sport. Today, over 550+ global organisations are signatories.

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New IWG Hub

The IWG launched a new website in March 2019 with a view to turning it into a world leading information hub, reference point and repository. If you would like to see your work profiled and promoted by IWG, please contact us.

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IWG Advocacy Campaigns

The IWG is committed to being a leading advocate for women and girls worldwide, using media activity, speaking engagements, global consultancy and more to help positively influence the gender equity agenda.

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