The 6th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport is organized on June 12 – 15, 2014, in Helsinki, Finland under the overall theme “Lead the Change – Be the Change”. The conference is organized by the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) and Valo, Finnish Sport Confederation, with the
support of the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The Patron of the conference is President Tarja Halonen.
The conference is the largest sports seminar in Finland in years, as we are expecting 500 – 700 participants from all over the world: athletes, coaches, scholars, sports leaders and grassroots activists. Looking through the lenses of theory, policy, and practice we will challenge the status quo, fostering discussion and debate, enhancing our own toolboxes, becoming better networked, and inspiring change.

The conference subthemes concentrate around five key topics:
 MOVE ME! Physical activity, health & well-being for life
 BUCK THE TREND – Leading the change in sport policy
 100% SPORT – Enhancing participation through creativity & innovation
 BE YOUR BEST COACH – Pursuing excellence in leadership & coaching
 SPORT WITHOUT FEAR – Sport as a safe haven & bastion for human rights

For more information about the IWG and the conference:
 see our website (including program and online registration):
 follow the IWG on Facebook:
 connect with us on Twitter: @IWGWomenSport and #6WCHelsinki
 contact us by email:

The International Working Group on Women and Sport:
The story of the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) began in 1994 with the first World Conference on Women and Sport in Brighton, UK and the debut of the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport. Chapter by chapter our story has continued with the help of thousands of dedicated women and men the world over to achieve the IWG’s mission: Empowering women – Advancing sport. Today, more than 400 organizations worldwide have signed the Brighton Declaration.

The secretariat of the IWG is located in Helsinki, Finland during the term 2010 – 2014. The Finnish co-chair of the IWG is Raija Mattila, former Director of Sport of the Finnish Ministry of Education. The cochairpersonship of the IWG will be taken over by the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) on
September 1, 2014.

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