Lead the Change, Be the Change

Conference themes

MOVE ME! Physical activity, health & well-being for life

Physical activity is an inseparable part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Increasing health enhancing physical activity can result in significant benefits on the physical, psychological and social well-being of girls and women. It can be challenging to stay physically active throughout one’s life, especially during the critical phases in a woman’s life span – puberty, motherhood, and menopause. Sport can also be used as a tool to promote a healthy lifestyle, for example regarding sexual health. Under the theme “MOVE ME”, we’re introducing latest research and other projects concerning women’s physical activity. It is also important to note, how legislation and sports policies can support sport for all, health and wellbeing for girls and women. To ensure effective promotion of health enhancing physical activity, it is vital that we include health in all policies, not just the sector of health.

This theme was introduced in our March Catalyst – read the article here!

BUCK THE TREND – Leading the change in sport policy

More than 400 sports bodies around the world have signed the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport, but there is still much more to do before we may say that we have reached gender equality in sports. As we celebrate the 20-year history of the Brighton Declaration, it is the time to evaluate the progress made. We need to take a new leap on all sectors and commit to change on all levels: from grassroots to national governmental and non-governmental sports organizations and international sport organizations. In order to challenge the status quo, one must strive to impact and create policies that drive towards gender equality on different sectors of the society.

This theme was introduced in our March Catalyst – read the article here!

100% SPORT – Enhancing participation through creativity & innovation

Women make up more than half of the world population. The world cannot afford the physical inactivity of women and girls, and sport organizations need talented women and girls in order to strive on an athletic and organizational level. The solutions that enable and encourage the participation of women and girls in sport and physical activity must be adapted to the different cultures that exist through all regions of the world. Creative and innovative approaches are needed so that girls and women can find their place and bring their contribution to sport on all its levels.

BE YOUR BEST COACH – Pursuing excellence in leadership & coaching

Sport has an immense potential to empower women and girls. Sport can help them develop life skills that enable them to fulfill their complete potential in life. Women as leaders and coaches have the responsibility to encourage the younger generations to leap as far as they can, inside and outside the sports track. In the field of coaching, women make up a small minority, especially on elite level. How can we increase the amount of women on all levels of coaching and sports leadership? What are the obstacles that women face, and how can these obstacles be overcome?

This theme was introduced in our March Catalyst – read the article here!

SPORT WITHOUT FEAR – Sport as a safe haven & bastion for human rights

“The language of sport is international. Its message touches, awakens feelings and unites. — Sport has the power to tell stories that stay in our minds and hearts”, President Tarja Halonen, Patron in Chief of the 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport, has written. Sport can bring together all people regardless of their culture, gender or ethnic background. Sport can offer a safe haven for all individuals to be who they are. We need to fight against gender based violence in and through sport to ensure that women and men, girls and boys alike have the equal opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity. Sport can also work as a tool to promote peace in some of the most troubled areas of the world. Sport is a human right that belongs to everyone.

Conference keywords:

adulthood ● adolescents ● aging ● athletes ● awareness ● bias ● barriers ● Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport ● built environment ● career development ● career planning ● change ● change in practice ● change maker ● children ● civil society ● clean sport ● competitive sport ● conflict ● courage ● danger ● decision making ● disability ● diversity ● discrimination ● development ● domestic and international cooperation ● drop out ● education ● empowerment ● equality ● equity ● exclusion ● facilities ● fair play ● feminism ● game ● gender ● gender-based violence ● gender mainstreaming ● glass ceiling ● good governance ● harassment ● higher education ● human rights ● identity ● immigration ● implementing ideas ● inclusion ● integrity ● intellectual disability ● international sports movement ● involving men ● LGBTQ ● lifecycle ● male dominance ● management ● media ● menopause ● mentoring ● millennium development goals ● minorities ● mobility ● monitoring and evaluation ● Olympic movement ● Paralympic sport ● Pay-gap ● peace ● physical education ● physical inactivity ● play ● prenatal ● postnatal ● power ● private sector ● puberty ● public policy ● public sector ● quotas ● recruitment ● rehabilitation ● recognition ● reproductive health ● recreational sport ● research ● resources ● respect ● safety ● seniors ● sexual health ● sexuality ● sexism ● society ● social media ● Sport for All ● sports organizations ● sponsorships ● sustainable financing ● sustainability ● talent ● tool kits ● training ● values ● work place ● youth ●