NOWSPAR Executive Director Matilda Mwaba will be sharing our experiences working with men in advancing gender equality in sport at the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from February 22 to March 4, 2011. NOWSPAR is participating in the parallel session “Relational Aspects of Gender Equality in Sport, Male-Female Collaborative Advocacy led by WomenSport International (WSI). Also on the panel will be the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG).
The session will take place February 22 from 10.00-11.30 on the10th floor of CCUN building. Learn more about the events at this Session on the Commission on the Status of Women Here.
NOWSPAR participation is supported by the Nowergian Olympic and Paralympic Committees and Confederation of Sport (NIF) in under our Every Body Matters Advocacy program.
We are pleased to inform you that we will be hosting the 4th International Women’s Sports Day on Saturday 5th March 2011 in celebration of International Women’s Day.
This year the International Women’s Sports Day will be held under the theme: ‘Violence Against Women in Sport: Stepping Up to the Challenge’. We intend to hold sports festivals and women’s rights awareness activities within the ten communities in high-density, peri-urban and rural areas around the country where we have programs.
The Sports Days will be organised and held locally in the communities of Chisekesi, Chongwe, Chipata, Liteta, Kitwe, Kabwe, Kaunda Square and Serenje.
Activities will include radio and TV discussions on the right to sport and the harassment and abuse of girls in sport. The purpose is to raise awareness and to encourage prevention activities, the commemoration is also for the purpose of celebrating the achievements of girls and women in sport at various levels.
NOWSPAR members will have an opportunity to participate in these events as well as those organised by partners and the national celebrations by the government. More information at www.nowspar.org
[Lusaka, 01.02.11] We would like to commend the Women’s National Soccer Team for their participation and progression up to this stage of the London 2011 Olympic Qualifiers.
In view of this loss, we urge all stakeholders not to judge their performance hastily and out of context.
We must take into consideration the level and amount of investment that has been made into the team, the environment they are working in as well as the opponents they are competing against.
This Team is made up of young women from Community Sports Clubs, we must look at these clubs, how they operate, what facilities they have and opportunities for exposure to high level competitions.
We should also make sure our investment in the technical and support team is adequate; the coaches must be remunerated properly, they must have access to the resources they need to do their job.
In view of the team they played against, South Africa, South Africa’s investment in Women’s Soccer is way higher and broader than in the Zambian Team, the players are more professional than ours, they are better trained, have better facilities and are better remunerated.
NOWSPAR is happy that they had a chance to go this far in the competition because it gives them something to work at next time, a goal to beat.
We commend the media for their increased consistency in coverage of the Women’s National Team, we would encourage them to cover the team even more closely by presenting stories on the individual players, coaches and technical staff so that the Country may know who is on the team. This is also useful in providing motivation for other girls in the communities.
Further, we commend and congratulate Esther Phiri on her latest achievement.