7th IWG World Conference on Women in Sport: Side Event on Gender Equality and Female Empowerment

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7th IWG World Conference on Women in Sport: Side Event on Gender Equality and Female Empowerment

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The 7th International Working Group (IWG) World Conference on Women in Sport will be held in Gaborone, Botswana, from 17 to 20 May 2018. The Conference will be held under the theme “Determine The future. Be Part Of The Change”. It will feature six plenary sessions and side events that will cover various issues under several topical sub themes. UNESCO is invited to participate in the opening plenary.

UNESCO is also co-hosting a side event on gender equality and female empowerment in sport policy with the Commonwealth Secretariat, UN Women and the International Working Group (IWG) on Women in Sport International.

The Conference is organized by the International Working Group on Women in Sport with the support of all organizations working on female empowerment through and participation in sport (UN Women, Women Sport International, International Olympic Committee, etc).

Expected outcome for UNESCO is to generate support for the Kazan Action Plan.

The Kazan Action Plan was adopted on 15 July 2017 by UNESCO’s Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport, MINEPS VI.

The text is the result of extensive consultations with UNESCO’s Member States, the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS) and its Permanent Consultative Council, as well as other experts and practitioners in the field of physical duration, physical activity and sport policy.

It marks the commitment to link sport policy development to the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations, as well as support to an overarching sport policy follow-up framework and five priority areas for international and national multi-stakeholder cooperation.


Type of Event Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Start 17.05.2018 09:00 local time
End 20.05.2018 19:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Muller-Wirth, Philipp
Organizer International Working Group (IWG)
Contact Philippe Müller-Wirth, p.muller-wirth@unesco.org
Country Botswana
City Gaborone
Venue Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC)
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 1000
Official Website
Link 1 Conference Background
Link 2 More on the Kazan Action Plan
Link 3 More on UNESCO's work on Sport and Anti-doping
Link 4


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