In its Strategic Plan 2018 – 2022, the IWG has pledged to facilitate positive behavioral change by:

  • Developing a world leading information hub, reference point and repository
  • Sharing global best practice, data, innovations and research (incl quadrennial IWG Progress Report)
  • Supporting development of current and future female leaders in global sport
  • Supporting advancement of indigenous and lower engagement groups
  • Advocating development of gender equity in the coaching community

Global Case Studies, Insights and Research

The IWG launched this new website in March 2019 and shortly we will begin uploading Case Studies, Insights and Research with a view to turning it into a world leading information hub, reference point and repository. We will be sharing global best practice, data, innovations and research and will be focussing on providing practical ideas and support to you, as you carry out your work. We are particularly showcase female leaders, lower engagement groups and female coaches.

Would you like to see your work promoted amongst the IWG Global Network? Contact info@womeninsport.org.nz to find out how to submit a case study. 

Women in Sport Aotearoa New Zealand Research Consortium

Photo: Sarah Leberman (Courtesy of NEXT Magazine)

Uniquely, due to the fact the IWG Secretariat 2018 – 2022 is being delivered by Women in Sport Aotearoa New Zealand, the IWG has direct access to a group convened from amongst New Zealand’s largest independent group of academics. This group is dedicated to investigating the barriers that stand in the way of equity for women and girls in sport and physical activity and identifying opportunities for positive change. It is chaired by Professor Sarah Leberman, Women in Sport Aotearoa co-founder and co-chair and respected researcher with 25+ years’ experience. It includes key researchers from 7x New Zealand Universities:

  • Massey University (Dr Farah Palmer)
  • University of Auckland (Professor Toni Bruce)
  • Auckland University of Technology (AUT) (Sally Rae)
  • University of Waikato (Professor Holly Thorpe, Dr Stacy Sims, Dr Kirsten Petrie, Associate Professor Belinda Wheaton)
  • University of Otago (Associate Professor Sally Shaw)
  • Victoria University of Wellington (Robyn Cockburn)
  • Lincoln University (Dr Roslyn Kerr)

This group is inclusive so to join please email info@womeninsport.org.nz to contact Professor Sarah Leberman.

Professor Leberman and the team are finalising planning for the 2019 – 2022 period; more details to follow.

Research Partners & Projects

Recognising strength in numbers, the IWG, via Women in Sport Aotearoa New Zealand is also a leading member in several cross-sector research groups consisting of a number of key agencies, including Sport New Zealand; the New Zealand Olympic Committee; the Wonderful Group; several universities; and the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA) New Zealand. These groups are currently finalising planning for 2019, with more information to come shortly.


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