The International Working Group (IWG) - which deals with women and sport – was represented at the just ended Women Conference in New York, USA by Secretary General Game Mothibi. She heads the IWG secretariat which is currently based in Botswana until 2018 World conference that the country will be hosting
She represented IWG with Carole Oglesby who is the co-chair of the movement. The New York women conference was held under the theme ‘Progress made towards addressing safety in sport school going girls of age 13-16’. IWG presented on issues around sport in relation to girls and their safety, gender based violence, and women in leadership positions in sport in Botswana.
According to Mothibi, their presentation took a holistic approach taking into consideration the policy recommendations of the Beijing Platform for Action on Women, gender equality and sport. In her presentation, she also talked about hosting the IWG and how it would directly help benefit Botswana and Africa. “This will help strengthen women and sport commission in Botswana, to help create a stronger and more powerful voice for girls in sport and to open dialogue that will encourage formation of policies and support for women and girls participation," she said.
She said factors like the political landscape of the country and the role played by the media and the community are considered, because they have a direct bearing on the status of gender and inequality in the country. Mothibi said one of the presentations made by Gender Links on SADC showed that violence in schools is widespread and committed by both teachers and students. She said it has been revealed that girls are able to perform better than boys when given equal support. She also made reference to the presentation made by Plan international which showed that girls with disabilities suffer twice as much gender violence. IWG has recently celebrated the signing by FIFA as one of their signatories.