Debswana Diamond Company has sponsored the International Working Group (IWG) to the tune of P200 000 which will be channeled towards the Women’s Sport Leadership Academy (WSLA). The Academy, which runs from 14th to 16th May, is a three-day event that will focus on Sports Leadership and Sports Management training for over 40 local and international candidates.
Debswana’s Corporate Affairs Manager who is responsible for Social Performance, Boikhutso Malela, says that Debswana is proud to support the IWG since the company values a sporting culture based on both women and men being equal partners in advancing sport.
Through Debswana’s sponsorship, the Academy, which has traditionally been held in Chichester in the United Kingdom, will for the first time in 2018 be held in Africa and in Botswana. This milestone will contribute towards ensuring women in Africa benefit from and participate in the Academy.
Botswana will host the 7th International Working Group on Women and Sport conference in Gaborone from the 17-20 May. The World Conference, which is expected to attract 50 athletes and 600 other participants from about 50 countries, occurs every four years and it gives women across the globe an opportunity to discuss issues affecting them.
IWG is a global network that aims to increase full participation of women and girls in sport as well as addressing barriers to involvement. Its mission is accomplished through action and influence of the network as a catalyst in engaging governmental and non-governmental organisations and individuals for the advancement and empowerment of women and sport globally. Debswana is committed to promoting a more inclusive culture where diversity of all forms is highly valued at all levels of our society.