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May 27, 2009
Federal government invests in international women's sport conference

WOMEN: PLAY THINK CHANGE - The 5th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport team includes (from left to right) Nicole Gruber, Johanna Adriaanse (Chair), Sally Ryan and Lila de Soysa who is on secondment from the International Table Tennis Federation in Lausanne.
by Roslyn Morris

Secretary General, AIPS

SYDNEY, May 27, 2009 – The Australian Federal Government yesterday announced a $100,000 grant to the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) ahead of next year’s 5th IWG World Conference.

Federal Minister for Sport Kate Ellis announced the grant via a mobile telephone call to IWG Chair Ms Johanna Adriaanse, saying the Australian Government was “100 percent behind next year’s Sydney conference”.

The injection of funds was announced at a networking breakfast held at Sydney’s Darling Harbour Convention Centre and designed to showcase next year’s conference to potential sponsors.

Ms Adriaanse said she was excited by the donation which would be used to cover administration costs at the IWG Secretariat, based at the University of Technology, Sydney.

“The first international conference on women and sport, which brought together policy and decision makers in sport at both national and international level, took place in Brighton, UK in 1994 and resulted in the Brighton Declaration aimed at increasing the involvement of women in sport at all levels and in all functions and roles.

“300 national governments and organisations including the International Olympic Committee signed the Brighton Declaration,” Ms Adriaanse explained.

More than 700 delegates are expected at next year’s conference which will be held from May 20 – 23 at Darling Harbour and the Sydney Olympic Park. Australia's first female Governor General Ms Quentin Bryce, a former President of Women's Cricket Australia, and former Australian High Court Judge and leading human rights advocate, Mr Michael Kirby are conference patrons.

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