Preps for IWG conference are “well advanced”

Preps for IWG conference are “well advanced”

  • Sec Gen Mothibi says confirmation of speakers is 70% done

Sports Reporter

Preparations for the Seventh World Conference of International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) are at an advanced stage, IWG’s secretary general, Game Mothibi, has said.

The conference is scheduled for May 17 to 20 at GICC.

It will be held under the theme, “Determine the Future. Be Part of the Change” and is expected to bring together over 1,200 participants from all over the world.

“The programme is ready and confirmation of speakers is 70% done,” said Mothibi. “We are expecting top officials from FIFA, TAFISA and IOC, to mention but a few.”

The conference will have side events, including gender mainstreaming into sports, sports integrity and media training. “We continue to mobilise and activate the conference at every opportunity we get,” Mothibi explained. “So far around 400 people registered for the conference.

“People must be aware that early bird registration is now closed but they can now do normal registration, which costs USD350 for people from developing countries and USD450 for people from developed countries.”

“There will be a women and sports leadership training a week before the conference which will be in partnership with Anita White Foundation and the University of Chichester of the United Kingdom. The training is open to only 30 women from all over the world and registration for it costs USD200. Paying for it will be guarantee automatic entry into the conference.”

According to Mothibi, IWG has partnered with the Botswana Taxi Association and branded some of its taxis. “This is to make it easy for visitors to identify taxis when making personal trips but we will provide transport between the airport, hotels and the conference venue.”

She added that they still need more funds because they are still far below the P14 million budget estimated for the conference.

Founded in 1994, the IWG is aimed at creating a sustainable sporting culture based on gender equality that enables and values the full involvement of girls and women in every aspect of sports and physical activity.