INTERNATIONAL WORKING GROUP ON WOMEN AND SPORT

7th IWG World Conference Comes To An End- Legacy Revealed

20 May, 2018

The 7th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport today closed with the presentation of the legacy plan for Gaborone 2014-2018. The conference also handed the baton over to the new hosts of the organisations secretariat, co-chairpersonship as well as host of the 8th World Conference on Women and Sport.

The legacy presented was in 3 phases including a Local legacy that aims to benefit the outgoing hosts immediate sport community, the Africa legacy that will ensure a functional and united Africa Women in Sport and finally a World legacy that will guide all parts of the world.

The Legacy Packaged:

1. LOCAL

Policy

  • Gender Mainstreaming into sport in partnership with Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Global Active City Development (GACD)-partnership led by TAFISA and Evaleo; in partnership with Gaborone City Council, BNSC, BNOC
  • Signing of Brighton Plus Helsinki Declaration-from 419 to 589

Training

  • Training of sport women-Tsoseletso Magang trained in WSLA as a trainer, 5 other youth taken to youth camp in USA, 4 IWG staff trained in WSLA
  • Training of Volunteers- 70 Certified by TAFISA

Programmes

  • Mentorship and Empowerment Programme for Young Women in Sport (MEMPROW)
  • Monthly open discussions with Tsoseletso Magang
  • HeForShe-moved numbers from 84 to around 5000

2.AFRICA LEGACY

  • Insights on our work in Africa: Africa Woman Sport Conference in 2016

3. IWG WORLD LEGACY

IWG BOTSWANA BIG 5 (Strategic Actions)

Media: Cooperate with media, and utilise social media, to both increase coverage of womn's sports and to potray women without limiting- stereotypes

Accountability: Increase transparency regarding resource allocation for women's and men's sports in order to insure accountability and women's equality

Representation: Insist on equitable sport leadership roles for women at all levels in governing bodies, as coaches, in administrative and decision-making positions. Persistently pursue women's sports participation and representational targets.

Research to Practice: Build evidence-based policies and practices that drive gender equality, safety, violence-free environments, and integrity in sport, including an emphasis on women's right to control their own bodies.

Communication: Build onto the IWG digital platform to serve as a hub for women's sports news, research, best practices and organizational progress and to strategically pursue additional signatories.

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