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International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW)

IAPESGW is an organisation with a primary aim to support and bring together like-minded  professionals from around the world who are
working in the fields of  physical education, dance and sport.                                     image of the current and recent past presidents of IAPESGW
Founded in 1949, it now has members in every continent of the world, in over 40 countries.

IAPESGW also aims to represent and promote the interests of girls and women at all levels and in all areas of physical education, dance and sport.

Celebrating its existence for 70 years in 2019, the Association brings together like-minded people to further develop the aspirations of its founders, in order to deliver its aims and shared values.

IAPESGW’s Board and members have led the way in cooperating
and collaborating with women through physical education, dance and sport worldwide.

Pictured from left to right: Our President Rosa Lopez de D'Amico (2013 - 2021)
with past Presidents Tansin Benn (2009 - 2013) and Darlene Kluka (2005 - 2009)

Our new Board members
We are very pleased to announce that Rosa López de D’Amico (Venezuela) was been re-elected as our president for a further four-year term, 2017 - 2021. Our new vice presidents are Rosa Diketmüller (Austria) & Beatriz Ferreira (Brazil).
Full details of our new Board can be view here



Latest information about us.....    

Continuing to Honour the Legacy – International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women 1999 – 2019
(Part 1 – Text) By Tansin Benn

This book is dedicated to the people and achievements of all those who have contributed to the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women over the last 70 years. It was prepared for the occasion of the 70th anniversary conference in Madrid, 10th – 13th July 2019.

Part one of ‘Continuing to Honour the Legacy of IAPESGW 1999 - 2019’ provides the core text of the many people, events, activities and outcomes of the Associations of the last twenty years. It continues from the 1999 book by Ann Hall and Gertrud Pfister ‘Honoring the Legacy - the first fifty years, 1949 – 1999’ that was produced for the 50th Anniversary celebrations at Smith College, USA. Part one is complemented by part two - a photographic chronology of IAPESGW events and people 1999 – 2019.

I am grateful to my friends and colleagues who have helped to provide material for this book. This book celebrates the last twenty years of 70 years voluntary work by IAPESGW colleagues around the world. 

Tansin Benn (UK)
Honorary Life Member
President 2009 – 2013
Executive Board member 2005 – 2017

View the latest history of IAPESGW ( Part 1 text )

View the latest history in images Part 2


Our most recent event - July 2019.....


IAPESGW European Regional Congress and IAPESGW 70th Anniversary, 10 – 13 July 2019, Madrid

The IAPESGW European Regional Congress took place in Madrid – Spain at the Universidad Europea from Madrid. It coincided with the celebration of IAPESGW 70th anniversary. We were fortunate enough to enjoy a variety of activities and to enjoy a very rich academic program. The opening ceremony took place at Salón Real – Edificio de la Panaderia in downtown Madrid and we were fortunate enough to enjoy the welcome speech of Sofía Miranda, councillor and responsible for sport of Madrid city and we also had the chance to exchange with Marisol Casado, member of the IOC and Chair of the IOC Gender Equality Review Project........

View a full report on the events


Latest news...


Each month we produce our International Update to share with members and their networks.

View the December 2019 edition

More news - Letter to Sebastian Coe, IAAF President, from IWG, WSI and IAPESGW

In the April edition we covered news of recognition for our President Rosa López de D’Amico for her work with ICSSPE.
ICSSPE Executive Board Member Rosa López de D’Amico received a plaque of recognition for her work she had conducted on the advisory board of the Faculty of Sport Organisation at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico

Prof. Dr. Rosa López de D’Amico and Prof. Dr. José Tristan (Dean of the Faculty)

Note: all back editions can be viewed here



Our  key event in 2018.....

IAPESGW Regional event - International Congress Cubamotricidad
22 - 26 October 2018, Havana Convention Center, Cuba

The World Organization of Stimulation, Education and Child Development (OMEEDI), the International Association of Physical Education and Sports for Girls and Women (IAPESGW), the International Association of Sports for All (TAFISA) with the National Institute of Sports , Physical Education and Recreation (INDER) of the Republic of Cuba, with the auspice of prestigious institutions and international organizations convened the International Congress Cubamotricidad 2018, which took place from October 22nd to 26th at the Havana Convention Center, Cuba.

View a flyer for the event in English

View a flyer for the event in Spanish

View a short  report on the event 

Attendees at the IAPESGW Symposium




Latest - IAPESGW 18th Congress Book of Abstracts                                                                                                       

We are pleased to give you access to the material from our Congress in this 83-page document - giving you sight of some of the key submissions delivered over the course of the event held at Barry University, Florida , 18 - 20 May 2017.

View the Book of Abstracts

A report on the 18th Congress from our President,  Rosa López de D’Amico (July 2017) 
The 18th IAPESGW Congress under the theme Women and Girls in Sport: Research to Action organized in Miami, USA, May 18th to 20th, 2017 at Barry University was an excellent occasion to once more promote academic debates about scientific, cultural, economic, historical, and political foundations and challenges of women / gender and sport in national and internationally context. In total we had participants from 33 countries..................................................
View the full report - includes images from the event

More photographs from our Congress - giving you a 'real taste' of the event in Florida - take a look

Closing Statement of the 18th IAPESGW World Congress 2017

The following Closing Statement was formulated by the ‘International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women’ (IAPESGW) and Barry University Miami from 17 to 21 May, 2017.
Over 150 delegates and guests from 33 countries across the world exchanged ideas on how to transform research to action through keynote and scientific presentations, symposia, seminars, posters, and workshops.

Congruent with the values of IAPESGW and Barry University, the 18th IAPESGW World Congress in Miami ‘Closing Statement’ are committed to achieve the following aims:

1. Governments, corporate sector, sport federations, non-governmental organizations as well as civil society sustain individual and collective responsibility to enable and fulfill the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 2030 with special emphasis on:

SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

2. Leaders and advocates in the lives of girls and women in sport and education think globally and act locally with sensitivity for cultural, linguistic, religious, ethnic, political, and socio-economic specificity.

3. Interdisciplinary researchers provide evidence to support policy, projects, programs, and initiatives continuously commissioned by national and international key stakeholders.

Download a copy of the Closing Statement

 For news from the 18th Congress visit our dedicated event page

View the programme for the Congress

 Our Board members prepare to greet delegates in Florida (17 May)

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Hosted by Barry University
School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences
Miami, Florida USA
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 IAPESGW is frequently invited to key international conferences and our members are often asked to make key presentations to audiences from around the world.

IAPESGW at the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) Conference, 12 -15 June 2014, Helsinki

IAPESGW was present with several Board members: Anneliese Goslin, Darlene Kluka, Rosa Diketmüller, Marianne Meier and Rosa López de D’Amico. We also had IAPESGW members who were present: Maria Dinold, Eliana Ferreira, Rebeca Oropeza, Susi Käthi Jost, and the wonderful team from Barry University, promoting the 2017 IAPESGW Congress: Kathryn Ludwig and Bridget Lyons  (co chairs of local organizing committee)........

View a report from the event from Rosa López de D’Amico, IAPESGW President - includes some photographs

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IAPESGW Five Continents Series of Books - launched at the ICSEMIS Conference in Santos, Brazil on 2 September 2016:

  • Inspirational women in Africa: making a difference in physical education, sport and dance. Edited by Anneliese Goslin (258 pages)
  • Inspirational women in America: making a difference in physical education, sport and dance. Edited by Maria Beatriz Rocha Ferreira (198 pages)
  • Inspirational women in Asia: making a difference in physical education, sport and dance. Edited by Canan Koca (276 pages)
  • Inspirational women in Europe: making a difference in physical education, sport and dance. Edited by Rosa Diketmüller by (256 pages)
  • Inspirational women in Oceania: making a difference in physical education, sport and dance. Edited by Janice Crosswhite (243 pages)

Please access the books via:

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For Immediate Release

8 March 2016

Save the Dream and International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW) sign partnership to empower young women through sport

Venezuela and Doha, Qatar; 8 March 2016: In what is a symbolic and significant announcement to mark International Women's Day, Save the Dream and the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW) have announced a partnership to help empower young women and girls through the power of sport.

Adding to its recent global projects in numerous countries including India, Brazil, Italy, Haiti , Latin American countries and the Mediterranean Basin, Save the Dream will work alongside the IAPESGW to help create a stronger and more powerful voice for girls and women through sport, as well as promoting an environment where girls and young women can practice sport free from violence, corruption and discrimination.

View the press release

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Please view our Congress report - 'Adelante Muchachas – Moving together for a better World'

Please visit our 17th Congress page to see all material from the event

Our board members at the 17th Congress - view a collection of photographs from Cuba and ones from other events on our Facebook page

17th Congress group photo