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World Conference on Women and Sport

1st World Conference on Women and Sport

第1回世界女性スポーツ会議

In May 1994, the “1st World Conference on Women and Sport” was held in Brighton, UK.  It was the first international conference on women and sport where a total of  280 delegates who expertise in sport policy assembled from many different countries. In this Conference, the “Brighton Declaration” was adopted which called for an increase in the involvement of women in sport at all levels and in all functions and roles. The Declaration proposes guiding principles for action plans.

The Japanese Olympic Committee signed the declaration at the “Asian Conference on Women and Sport” in 2001. Kumamoto Prefecture and Kumamoto City signed it for the first time as a local government in 2006.

2nd World Conference on Women and Sport

第2回世界女性スポーツ会議

The 2nd World Conference on Women and Sport took place in Windfoek, Namibia in May of 1998. Over 400 delegates from 74 countries participated in this Conference. The participants reconfirmed the principles of the “Brighton Declaration” that were established in the 1st Conference and also adopted the “Windfoek Call for Action”. This Call for Action is addressed to all men and women engaged in both national and international sport organizations, governments, public authorities, development agencies, schools, businesses, educational and research institutions, and women’s organizations to call for action throughout the world in order to expand equal opportunities for girls and women to participate fully in sport.

3rd World Conference on Women and Sport

第3回世界女性スポーツ会議

In May 2002, the “3rd World Conference on Women and Sport” was held in Montreal, Canada. There were more than 550 participants representing 97 nations. This Conference was hosted by the Canadian government (Sport Canada) with the support of IWG, and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) was in charge of the overall proceedings of the Conference. The participants discussed the methods that ensure  all women and girls to participate in sport and activities according to individual needs and abilities. They agreed that each country and region should make an effort to take action as outlined by the “Brighton Declaration” in 1994 and “Windfoek Call for Action” in 1998 to bring about those changes. “The Montreal Tool Kit” was issued, which incorporated a consolidation of successful strategies and tools for individuals and organizations throughout the world to bring about innovative changes for girls and women who engage in sport and physical activity to gain more equal opportunities..

Montreal Took Kit English Download(5.56MB)

4th World Conference on Women and Sport

第4回世界女性スポーツ会議

In May 2006, the “4th World Conference on Women and Sport” took place in Kumamoto, Japan. Approximately, 700 delegates representing 100 nations and regions participated in this Conference. This was the very first conference to be held in Asia and discussion concerning issues facing women and sport was performed under the theme of  “Participating in Change”. The Conference was broadcasted live on the big screen in Kumamoto City and was opened to public for the first time since the discussions used to be shared only among people from the government and the United Nations (UN). During the Conference, various workshops were organized to discuss a variety of topics, such as the role of sports and strategies to promote sports in developing countries.

5th World Conference on Women and Sport

第5回世界女性スポーツ会議

“The 5th World Conference on Women and Sport” was held in Sydney, Australia from May 20 -23 of 2010.   It was the first conference to take place in Oceania. A safe environment for sport encourages women’s participation in sport, promotes their success, and maximizes the potential of women.  The purposes of this Conference were to advance the status of women in both sport and physical activity and to increase the opportunities for women's  participation . Five hundred people, such as people  from the UN, IOC, international sport federations, government and scholars, athletes, and coaches, participated in this Conference.


Report on the 5th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport(289KB)

6th World Conference on Women and Sport

第6回世界女性スポーツ会議

“The 6th World Conference on Women and Sport” was held in Helsinki, Finland from June 12 -14 of 2014.  The Conference received full assistance from the Finnish government and was officially supported by the IOC.  The Conference finished with over 800 participants from 100 countries, and became the conference with the largest number of participation in IWG conference history.
The president of the IOC, Thomas Bach, and the president of International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Sir Phillip Craven, gave a speech at the opening ceremony. The opening ceremony turned out to be spectacular and exciting
In this Conference the “Brighton Declaration”, the resolution from the 1st Conference, was updated. Furthermore, the “Brighton Plus Helsinki 2014 Declaration on Women and Sport” which included a proposal to meet a  goal of 40% minimum representation of women in decision-making positions by 2020, was adopted.

Helsinki calls the world of sport to LEAD THE CHANGE, BE THE CHANGE(582KB)

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