Nau mai, haere mai: welcome to the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport

Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa | Auckland, New Zealand | 5-8 May 2022

On 4 September 2020, the International Working Group (IWG) on Women & Sport launched “Change Inspires Change” at a live digital event staged in partnership by the IWG New Zealand Secretariat (Women in Sport Aotearoa) and Trans – Tasman Business Circle SportsConnect. The launch officially marked the start of the journey toward and beyond the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport, Auckland, New Zealand, and online between 5 – 8 May 2022.

The “Change Inspires Change” campaign is all about empowering the individual to make positive change for women and girls in sport and physical activity worldwide. The concept follows a simple premise: “every change you make, no matter how small or large, inspires the next, and the next. By sharing your story, you can help inspire others to make change.” 

In a world still deeply affected by COVID-19, the IWG Secretariat announced three significant initiatives:

  • Firstly, the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport will be delivered as a full scale physical-digital hybrid. A four day event will take place on the ground in Auckland, New Zealand, between 5-8 May 2020. But recognising the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on travel, IWG New Zealand is living its mantra “Change Inspires Change”, and will also for the first time in IWG history, run a fully interactive virtual programme in parallel to the physical event. The Secretariat especially emphasised that the virtual programme will not be a window to the physical programme, but will interact with it and stand-alone.
  • Secondly, the Secretariat is today beginning the process of building a world first IWG Insight Hub, to be launched in 2021. The hub will become the home for the world’s best research, insight, case studies, news and interactive programmes such as training and seminars. The intention is for IWG, as the global network, to share, promote and support stories of change inspiring change from around the world, with a particular emphasis on the 600 signatories to the IWG Brighton plus Helsinki 2014 Declaration on Women & Sport. Stories are being collected online at now and will be shared across the IWG network in coming months, before finding a home on the new IWG Insight Hub next year.
  • Finally, it was announced that the IWG will use these new technology initiatives to grow and support its global ‘community of action’. The physical-digital hybrid nature of the 8th IWG World Conference and the new IWG Insight Hub will support connectedness around the world with thousands of people in the network worldwide.

The IWG would like to thank the very talented team that helped us create this film – meet the team here.

Read more about the launch here.


We know there is amazing work happening to support women and girls in sport and physical activity all over the world.

We are calling out for stories of change inspiring change from sport and physical activity all around the world, to help others on the journey toward and beyond the 8th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport. Over the next few months we will be profiling all your great stories on our website and social media and throughout the network, to help inspire others to make change. In the background, we are building a brand new IWG Insight Hub, which will launch on this website in 2021. This will be an online interactive platform, housing the best research, case studies and news from around the IWG Global Network.

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Please read the official invitation to attend the 8th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport, from the IWG Global Patron, the Rt Hon. Helen Clark ONZ.


Please read and accept the warmest welcome from Raewyn Lovett ONZM, IWG Co-Chair – New Zealand.


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