UK secure rights to host IWG secretariat 2022-2026
The AWF is delighted to hear that the UK has been announced as the next host secretariat for the International Working Group (IWG) on Women & Sport. Following a competitive bidding process, the UK will take over from current hosts New Zealand for the quadrennial period of 2022-2026, and it will include the staging of the 9th IWG World Conference on Women & Sport 2026. The IWG and the AWF have a special relationship. Anita White was Chair of the first IWG World Conference on Women and Sport in 1994 and was a core figure in its origins and development. In the early 2010s, the AWF was recognised by the IWG as being the central repository for its history. Moreover, personnel from the AWF have contributed to the production of the IWG Progress Reports in 1998, 2002, 2014 and 2018. Anita said: "Having been closely involved in the founding of the IWG in 1994, and contributing to the development of its work in the following years, it is great to see the UK stepping up to take the lead in its continued development. It is a great credit to Lisa Wainwright and the team at the Sport and Recreation Alliance (SRA) to have coordinated such an excellent bid in these challenging times. Congratulations to all involved."
In the full press release, which can be read here, senior leaders from the sport sector in the UK applaud the bid and look ahead to the future. Research on gender and governance conducted by Dr Jordan Matthews (AWF executive officer) and Dr Lucy Piggott (AWF Advisor) is also cited in the press release. The AWF also congratulates Prof. Elizabeth Pike (co-founder of the AWF) for her role in writing the bid and we wish Annamarie Phelps (Chair of the bid), Lisa and the SRA all the best as they navigate the handover from the New Zealand secretariat and lead the UK into a new era of change for women and sport.