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Press Release – Women in Sport Aotearoa

Early bird registration deadline extended to August 31, 2022 The Women in Sport International Task Force (IWG) Secretariat, Women in Sport Aotearoa, Ng Whine Hkinakina o Aotearoa, is delighted to announce a series of titles …

Early bird registration deadline extended to August 31, 2022

The Secretariat of the International Working Group (IWG) on Women and Sport, Women in Sport Aotearoa, Ngā Wāhine Hākinakina o Aotearoa, is delighted to announce a series of keynote speakers for the 8th IWG World Conference on Women and the sport. To mark the moment, the Earlybird deadline has now been extended to August 31, 2022, allowing more participants to access reduced rates.

These global sports leaders and activists join an action-packed grassroots program already announced for the event, which is due to take place in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand and online from November 14-17, 2022. They go present in personwith live broadcast on the virtual platform.

More Over 220 sessions and nearly 500 speakers are now confirmed for the world’s largest gathering to advance gender equity and equality in sport and physical activity, with more announcements coming soon.

HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan – Member of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Vice-President of the IOC Women in Sport Commission and President of the Gender Equality Commission of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). Prince Al Hussein is one of the world’s most influential advocates for gender equality and safe sport. He also leads an IOC task force aimed at eradicating harassment and abuse in sport.

Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka – former Executive Director of UN Women from 2013 to 2021, with the rank of UN Under-Secretary General. Dr Mlambo-Ngcuka also served as Vice President of South Africa from 2005 to 2008, the first woman to hold the position. At the time, she was the highest ranked woman in South African history. Throughout her illustrious career spanning more than 40 years, she has directed her energy towards human rights, equality and social justice, with a particular focus on gender and youth development.

Lady Louise Martin DBE – President of the Commonwealth Games Federation. Elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2019, Dame Louise is the first woman to hold this prestigious global position. She has had a long and distinguished association with the Commonwealth Games, as an athlete (Swimming for Team Scotland, Perth 1962) and subsequently as Team Manager, Administrator and Honorary Secretary. The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, starting next week, will have the biggest women’s and para-sports program in history.

These international headliners will be joined by three of the brightest from Aotearoa New Zealand:

Raelene’s Castle ONZM ( Ngapuhi ) Chief Executive of Sport New Zealand, Ihi Aotearoa. One of Australasia’s most recognized sporting leaders, Raelene was chief executive of Rugby Australia, Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Rugby League Team and Netball New Zealand. She has a wealth of sporting experience as a former representative level netball, tennis and bowls player. Through Sport New Zealand, Ihi Aotearoa, Raelene has played a central role in driving change through the government’s ‘Women and Girls in Sport and Leisure’ strategy and as a key partner in the 8th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport.

Lady Valerie Adams OLY – one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most successful and famous athletes. A New Zealander of Tongan descent, she won two gold, silver and bronze medals in the shot put at five Olympic Games. She was undefeated in major world events from 2006 to 2014, winning 107 competitions during that time. A strong advocate for gender equality in sport, her return to winning form after the birth of her two children was celebrated by the nation. She recently coached her sister, Lisa Adams, to a shot put gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, delivering her sister’s ultimate ‘double act’.

Lady Sophie Pascoe PLY – the most decorated Paralympian in the history of Aotearoa New Zealand. Dame Sophie lost her lower leg at just 3 years old, following a lawn mower accident. She won three gold medals and a silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, catapulting her onto the world sports stage at just 15 years old. Since then, she has amassed an outstanding 19 medals across four Paralympic Games, including 11 gold medals, and embraced her position as a role model for disability and gender. At just 28, she became Aotearoa New Zealand’s youngest lady in the 2022 New Year Honours.

Pauline Harrison, Chair of the IWG World Conference Steering Committee, said:

“We are delighted that His Royal Highness Prince Feisal, Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Dame Louise have all agreed to join us live in Aotearoa, New Zealand in November alongside Raelene, Dame Val and Dame Sophie. It seems only appropriate to extend the Earlybird to mark this great moment!

The 8th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport is fully interactive, in-person and online. Confirming speakers of this caliber is great; our attendees will enjoy unprecedented access during the event, due to our focus on collaboration, practical application and solution delivery.

Over the coming weeks, we will be adding many more global names representing the diversity of our international action community, as we work to put the final pieces of the puzzle together.

The 8th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport is based on principles of social learning, inspired by the storytelling and collaboration inherent in the indigenous Maori culture of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Participants will explore five global themes through seven lenses, generated by a 150+ strong global programming team, and agree on practical solutions to apply in their own contexts. The ambition is to bring the movement together into one, to drive equity further and faster in the future.

More … than More than 1,200 global participants are expected to participate in person, with hundreds joining virtually via a world-class conferencing system. The event is part of the Women’s Rugby World Cup, Aotearoa New Zealand will be the epicenter of women’s sport in the world until October and November. World Rugby itself sent a large delegation to the Conference.

The speakers announced today will be added to a brand new “Speakers” page on the IWG Global Conference Center: Visit now to learn more about other almost 500 international and national speakers. Watch for more announcements soon.

The core program includes some of the world’s most influential sport and physical activity organizations, as well as advocacy groups, governments, businesses, media and academia – including the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Fifa and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 crew; Women’s Sports Foundation (founded by Billie Jean King); the Commonwealth Games Federationand the UNESCO Global Observatory for Gender Equality in Sport. Visit the “Program” page to explore the content and create a list of “favorites”:

Group packages are now on sale, with a call to action to “register your delegation”. Confirmed delegations include the International Olympic Committee, World Rugby, Oceania Hockey, and the Japan Sports Council:

Earlybird closes August 31, 2022.

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