International Day of the Girl

DSC_0035Our Advocacy Officer Mofu Kandondo was on national television ZNBC ‘Sport On’ programme to discuss the International Day of the Girl Child which falls on 11th October every year. The International Day of the Girl Child promotes human rights for girls and further highlights gender inequality and its impact on girls. The 2015 commemoration theme is: ‘the Power of the Adolescent in Sports- Vision 2030’.  Zambia’s vision for 2030 is that ‘80% of the population in Zambia will have access to a sport of their choice’.

Below are some thoughts from the interview and the discussion among our Goal Programme facilitators and staff.

Girls want to do sport. Girls like to play, but our communities stand in the way. Our girls are denied their right to sport because they either have to do house chores or they are left to care for their young ones hence limiting the time they have for sports. It is important for them to participate like this in their families, what we need is families to enable the girls have time to play sport. Some girls are not supported by their parents or guardians because some parents feel they will stop concentrating at school or they would rather marry them off so they need to behave in a grown up way. Other challenges are that some communities do not have enough sport spaces so girls have to go far to do sport which in some cases in unsafe.

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Goal Programme Graduates 2012

So achieving Vision 2030 requires sport organizations and communities to make sport safe for girls. We need to ensure there are standards of conduct that prevent abuse. We should invest in the development of girls’  leadership so they can lead sport by 2030. We should provide them with role models and treat them with equal dignity and respect with boys. Adolescents are important to our Country, and they are at a critical stage in their lives, we should ensure they have access to reproductive health education and services.

This year’s International Day of the Girl means a lot for us in the sports world and sports programmes for girls. It is high time girls take part in competitive sports for fun and excellence. It is also important to look back on the successes that the girls have had so far.

This day is timely, as global leaders agree on the Sustainable Development Goals, we have to consider what the Goals will mean for girls, how will girls’ lives change and what can we do as sport organisations to broaden opportunities and possibilities for girls and their communities.

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Goal Facilitators discussing Day of the Girl

We can start with basic provision of diverse and safe opportunities for girls involvement in sport both for personal development and overall wellbeing.

As NOWSPAR we commemorated this day by hosting a sports and life skills event for 200 girls at Kasis Girls Secondary School, media interviews on radio and TV. We also ran a Girls’ Forum for our Young Women Leaders who work with girls where they shared their knowledge about this day, girls rights and how they can help raise awareness. This is in order to provide a platform for development of advocacy skills and confidence.

Read about our events for International Day of the Girl Child 2014 here.

Coach Educator and Community Coaches Awarded Football Coaching Certificates

Coach Educators

Coach Educators

On 25th September 2015, One of our Young Women in Sport Leaders Mirriam Nanyiza was among the 10 community coaches that graduated from being community coaches to Coach Educators.

Mirriam Nanyiza and other community coaches from Sport in Action, Edusport, Baulenin United, Grassroot Soccer and Olympic Youth Development Centre have been undergoing a training in football development and coaching. The coach Educator course is run by the British Council under the Premier Skills Programme and has been running since 2014.

Premier Skills focuses on community level football development. The project is aimed at using football as a tool to engage young people and community leaders. It is believed that Football or any sport can be used to address challenges or issues that affect young people such as HIV/AIDS education, drug abuse, peer pressure and many more.

Miriam (in red) with the 10 Community coaches

Miriam (in red) with the 10 Community coaches

In the final phase of Premier Skills which is Phase 3 stage 3, the 10 Coach Educators had to train other community coaches who have minimum experience in football coaching. NOWSPAR brought 10 Community Coaches to this training.

The 10 Community Coaches were from various partners that NOWSPAR works with including Mabana Organisation in Choma, Kafue Queens, Liteta GirlPower Community Club, Kitwe Sports Club and the Deaf Sports Association in Matero Lusaka.

After the 4 days training, the 10 community coaches were awarded Football coaching certificates.

“I am very excited to have this opportunity to be trained as a football coach” said Lubaya a girl from the Deaf Sports Development Organisation.

Mirriam Nanyinza has been Volunteering with NOWSPAR for 2 years and has developed as one of the leaders in the Goal Programme. Earlier this year Mirriam had received a Grant from the British Council to run a training Course for Coaches she works with in NOWSPAR.

This year, Mirriam is based in Norway, at the Sound Folk College as part of the Youth Sport Exchange Programme (YSEP) by NIF and Fredskopset (FK).

Sport Policy Forum Agrees on 10 Priorities

Sport leaders from all the 12 Districts of Southern Province met on 23rd – 24th September to strategise on development of sport in the province and to consult on national sport policy.

SessionThe meeting was convened by the National Organisation for Women in Sport Physical Activity and Recreation (NOWSPAR) in partnership with the National Sports Council of Zambia and the cooperation of the Ministry of Sport and Youth, Sport Department in Southern Province.

Speaking when receiving the recommendations of the Forum, Provincial Permanent Secretary Mr. Sibanze Simuchoba said upholding the integrity of sport is crucial and and critical to attaining good governance, which is demonstrated by transparency and accountability for resources expended.

SpeechesIn a speech read on his behalf, the Permanent Secretary acknowledged that the Sport Policy Forum was important for ensuring development and implementation of sport policy and service that is adequate and relevant within resources available to the government and its implementing agencies.

Participants in the Forum were representatives of the District Sport Advisory Committees, Provincial Advisory Committee, and Ministry Provincial Staff in the departments of Sport, Youth and Child Development. The Forum sessions where facilitated by NOWSPAR General Secretary Ms. Lombe Mwambwa.

The key themes that emerged from the Forum are the need for more platforms for policy monitoring which include both government officials and members of the sport community; access to information and resources and capacity development of the sector.

Trophy HandoverNational Sports Council of Zambia Board Member, Ms. Matilda Mwaba highlighted the National Sports Council’s interest in addressing all facets of sport development including policy and programme delivery. For this reason the NSCZ is investing in Talent Identification and support to district level sport structures to ensure implementation of programmes. The NSCZ donated a Trophy and shields to be used as prizes during the fourth coming Independence Cup. NOWSPAR also contributed a Trophy to be allocated to the Women’s Tournament and announced intentions to expand it’s Goal Programme for adolescent girls to the Province through various partnerships.

Ten key themes were agreed on as important for inclusion in this round of Policy review by the Ministry of Sport and Youth:

  1. Administration: Robust Systems, standards and capacity building
  2. Infrastructure: Sufficient, appropriate, accessible and conducive infrastructure
  3. Capacity Development: Systematic development of capacity of sport structures
  4. Funding: Adequate and timely funding for the sports structures and programmes
  5. Talent Identification: Structured, comprehensive, consistent programme with adequate human resource and standards
  6. Equipment: Appropriate, affordable and good quality equipment
  7. Coordination: Well aligned, inclusive, systematic and clear coordination
  8. Governance and Accountability : Transparent, accountable, capable and gender inclusive sport governance
  9. Safeguarding and Protection: Adequate system, standards, codes of conduct, training and reporting
  10. Platforms for engagement: Opportunity and capacity for participatory sport policy monitoring by service consumers

Participant's Group PicThe National Sports Policy (2009) is at present under review, the policy is the fundamental framework for resource allocation in the sector. It brings together the national development aims on one hand and local sporting ambitions on the other hand.

Considerations to be made during this process are that the delivery of sport services to all communities is a right and a commitment that affects the achievement of several interests of the citizens and the government including health, education, employability and diplomatic outcomes.

NOWSPAR, is engaging stakeholders through our Campaign ‘Sport for Everyone. Everywhere.’ to promote the provision of sport and physical activity to all in an effort to advance policy and programme action across sectors that results in access for all despite geographic location, class, disability, age or sex.

This campaign theme is also the theme of the Consultation in order to emphasise the spirit of inclusion, the ambition of diversity and the interest in a Sport Policy that results in service provision in sport that is fair and meets the needs of citizens throughout the Country.

The expectations of the stakeholders are that the resulting National Sports Policy will reflect the ambitions and priorities of the people while responding to the gaps, needs and opportunities.

For a long time, Sport Policy has focused on Sport competitions and infrastructure for high level competitions, one of the key considerations that should be made this time is for community level physical activity and sport participation.

NOWSPAR works to support stakeholders to ensure policy, practice and perceptions that are enabling for inclusive and equitable participation in sport for all especially girls and women. This event was delivered within the framework of NOWSPAR’s Girl Power (Women Win) and Every Body Matters (NIF) Programmes with tools and institutional capacity development in Policy Engagement and Social Accountability Mechanisms from the Zambian Governance Foundation between 2012 and 2015.

Scoring Goals at City of Hope Orphanage

DSC_0965On Thursday 21st August 2015, NOWSPAR conducted a Goal  Event at City of Hope Orphanage in Lusaka’s Makeni area. The event had 73 participants of which 52 were girls and 21 were boys all aged between 10 and 20. In attendance were 4 NOWSPAR staff and 1 volunteer as well as the staff and volunteers of City of Hope Orphanage.
The aim of this event was to provide an introduction to the Goal Programme to the children and staff at City of Hope Orphanage. It is intended that this partnership between City of Hope and NOWSPAR can result in regular opportunities for the children and the staff to develop their sport and lifeskill program.

The event started with a brief introduction DSC_0946of NOWSPAR  and the Goal programme which was done by Fatima. The participants took part in warm up sessions which was then followed by fun games that were aimed at having everyone introduce themselves.  The girls and boys were then split into two groups with one of the groups playing zigzag saving and the other group playing peace path. The games were followed by life skill empowerment sessions were the participants were taught on hygiene and financial literacy.

One of the participants Luke Banda said, “it is important for girls to take part in sport because they also need to enjoy like the boys“.

One of the City of Hope volunteers Ichi said, “girls and boys were excited to receive visitors from within Zambia as they mostly receive foreign visitors“.

One of the participants Joyce said she was very happy to have participated in the event and she enjoyed playing games and she hopes NOWSPAR will come back and do more activities like this.

Survey on Women Leadership

Ms. Aya Noguchi

Ms. Aya Noguchi

The results of our 2015 Women in Sport Leadership Survey are ready and unfortunately they do not look too good.

The results were presented at the Women’s Sport Leadership Network Seminar by Ms. Aya Noguchi who led the Survey exercise for the 2015 edition.

Unfortunately, the percentage of female Board Member has declined 9% since 2014. The result shows that there is a big gap between men and women in decision making positions in sports. Even though some of the organisations have made effort to promote women at leadership position, the progression has not resulted in change to meet national policy requirements for at least 30% representation.

‘With this set of data, there is an opportunity for us to ask more questions and research further to find out what is happening.’ Ms. Noguchi said.  NOWSPAR conducts this survey to establish the extent to which women are being represented on the boards of National Sports Federations.

Over the years, the trend has been that leadership among women in Sports federations has been generally low. This year’s survey was comprised of 29 sports federations. Read more here to see the data and compare with past survey.

Women’s Sport Leadership Seminar

WSLN Seminar 05/06/15

WSLN Seminar 05/06/15

The Women in Sport Leadership Network Seminar with the theme: Determine the Change. Be Part of the Change was held on 5th June 2015 at the Protea Arcades Hotel.

The Seminar covered three key issues the results of our leadership survey, discussions on leadership ambitions and the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG).

The Seminar theme is adopted from the IWG 2014 – 2018 theme in order to promote the aims of the IWG to advance principles of the Briton + Helsinki Declaration and the resolution to motivate collective action of women in sport at Continental level.

Featured imageThe 20 participants of the seminar were leaders from sport Associations and Clubs, University Students, Media and Health practitioners.

The meeting was started off with welcome speech by NOWSPAR General Secretary, Ms. Lombe Mwambwa. The Executive Director of NOWSPAR, Ms. Matilda Mwaba explained about the Women in Sports Leadership Network as the second speaker. She encouraged the members to continue inspiring and motivating other women in their respective organizations by sharing what the network is doing with them.

Ms. Aya Noguchi

Ms. Aya Noguchi

NOWSPAR Project Assistant Ms. Aya Noguchi presented  the She Leads Survey 2015. This survey has been conducted by NOWSPAR since 2010 to track the number of females who are in decision-making position in sports. This data has also been contributed to the IWG Sydney Scoreboard that tracks participation of women sport leaders across the world.

Ms. Changu Siwawa who is the IWG Resource Mobilization Manager explained about IWG and IWG International Conference. IWG, International Working Group on Women and Sports, started in 1994 and the first conference was held in the United Kingdom (UK).

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In the session on Career ambitions, individual participants had time to think about their individual next 2 years career plan and share them with fellow participants. Everybody had unique and strong ambitions in their own fields. Following discussions, some some members were able to find potential partners who can motivate and support each other to achieve their own goals. NOWSPAR Executive Director Ms. Mwaba thanked the member for attending the important meeting in the closing. She further mentioned of the vacant Positions on the Board of the National Sports Council Zambia and encourage the women to contest the election.

Featured imageThe overall aim of IWG is to serve as catalyst for the advancement and empowerment of women globally. IWG Conference has been held every after 4 year. In 2018, the 7th IWG International Conference will be happening in Gaborone, Botswana. The Theme of 7th World conference will be: ‘’Determine the Future: be part of the Change’’. The Local organizing committee in Botswana has decided to invite 1,200

delegates which will be consisted of 400 from the hosting country Botswana, 500 from other African countries and 300 from rest of the world.

The Seminar participants resolved to mobilise as many women in sport as possible to participate in the Conference. It was also an opportunity for her to explain how she is working with the IWG through NOWSPAR as African representative. NOWSPAR has done oral and poster presentations at IWG International Conferences in 2010 in Sydney and 2014 in Helsinki.

Lastly she thanked Miss Changu Siwawa for coming to the meeting and adding more value by her presentation and discussion. Also she mentioned that this coming August, the IWG Co-Chair will be visiting Zambia.

At the Seminar members shared the events that their organisations are having including the Fundraising Dinner Gala by the Handball Association. Opportunities for media coverage and public engagement and information on Diabetes. Please see more images of our Seminar here.

The Network hosts quarterly activities, last quarter Network members participated in the Women’s Sports Day on 7th March. Here are some images from the Seminar in 2014.

Zambia Judo Develops 8 Year Strategic Plan

Featured imageNOWSPAR Executive Director Ms. Mwaba attended the closing ceremony of the Zambia Judo Association Olympic Solidarity Program on 3rd of June, 2015 as a guest of honour.

The Judo association has completed three months strategic planning with International Judo Federation and came up with 8 years Judo Development Strategic Plan through Olympic Solidarity program which was supported by National Olympic Committee.

Ms. Mwaba who is NOWSPAR Executive Director and a Board member of the National Sports Council of Zambia commended the Association on their Plan. The main governmFeatured imageent concerns on sport that Associations are encouraged to address are 1) transparency and good governance  2) access to sports for all, 3) rewards and recognition, 4) sustainability and 5) gender inclusion.

National Olympic Committee has encouraged other associations to take this Olympic Solidarity Program to develop their own associations.