Against the backdrop of this anniversary year for women’s rights, Women in Sport’s Empower Conference will ask – how can we drive change for women and girls in sport over the next 100 years?
The Empower Conference combines fresh thinking with the latest research and welcomes top UK journalists, broadcasters, sportswomen and industry leaders to consider how sport can level the playing field for women and girls.
With a number of keynote speakers, a choice of afternoon “in focus” sessions, plus the release of Women in Sport’s new research into the visibility of women’s sport in the media, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to learn, discuss and network with peers from the sports and media sectors.
Located at the iconic Museum of London, delegates will also get behind-the-scenes insights and access to the Museum’s new Votes for Women exhibition and the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron gallery.
Lunch and refreshments are included in the ticket price.
- 2018: A year to celebrate women – this year marks the centenary of the first women getting the vote in the UK. We’ll hear from a panel of sport’s own female trailblazers.
- Visibility of women’s sport in the media – we’ll release the highlights of our new pan-European research into the depth and quality of media coverage of women’s sport. We’ll also hear from editors, journalists and elite sportswomen on their experiences and response to the insight.
- Women’s sport – can the media make a difference? – we’ll delve further into the issues surrounding women’s sports representation in the media, and question leading broadcasters and journalists on their successful approaches.
- Sport for success – can sport nurture our future leaders? The benefits of being physically active and playing sport go far beyond improved physical health. We ask a panel of business experts how sport can help girls achieve their career potential.
- Girls and the next 100 years – How do we create a society that levels the playing field for girls ensuring they have greater access to sport? What role can the media and social media play in helping to reduce gender stereotyping in society?
Delegates will be contacted to choose their workshop sessions in due course.
Keynote speaker: Judy Murray
Judy Murray is a former captain of the GB Fed Cup team, and has been a tennis coach for almost 30 years. She spent 10 years as Scotland’s national coach from 1994-2005, a period which produced one Fed Cup player, 4 Davis cup players and 2 Grand Slam champions. She is best known for being mum to Wimbledon champions and ex world number 1s Jamie and Andy Murray, but she also holds 64 Scottish titles herself. She now devotes her time to building a bigger and stronger female coach workforce across the UK and overseas and is internationally recognised as one of the world’s best skill developers in young players.
Panellists and further speakers will be announced on a rolling basis.