Invitation & Welcome

The Rt Hon. Helen Clark ONZ – 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.

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, Auckland – Aotearoa, New Zealand and online.

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 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 or join us virtually to 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)

Helen Clark became Patron of the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport and its delivery agent, Women in Sport Aotearoa New Zealand, on United Nations International Women’s Day – 8 March 2019. Read more.

Raewyn Lovett ONZM, IWG Co-Chair – New Zealand

Kei aku Rangatira, tēnā koutou katoa,

[to my esteemed friends, greetings]

Kia ora. Hello.

In May 2018, over 1,200 global experts on gender equity in sport and physical activity gathered in Gaborone, Botswana, for the 7th IWG World Conference.

Delegates came from around the world, including from all levels of sport and physical activity, academia, government, world agencies and NGOs, business, media, plus many sporting participants – yet again becoming the largest conference of its kind in the world. The shared passion for positive global change was clear, as we all work together toward securing equity of opportunity for women and girls to participate, compete and build careers in sport and physical activity.

Aotearoa New Zealand became host nation for the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport Secretariat & Conference 2018 – 2022 in September 2018, with Women in Sport Aotearoa New Zealand appointed global delivery agent. During our time we are continuing IWG’s global advocacy and for 2022 itself, we have one simple ambition: make the 8th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport, the biggest and best, ever. That’s where you come in. Make sure you keep coming back to the website so you can receive the latest conference updates.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, and online in May 2022.

Nāku noa, nā
[Yours faithfully]

Raewyn Lovett ONZM, IWG Co-Chair – New Zealand

Learn more about Raewyn Lovett and the rest of the IWG Global Executive.


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