Invitation to Southern Africa Women and Sport Consultative Meeting

The Southern African Women and Sport Consultative Meeting will be held on 28th – 29th April 2011 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia under the  theme “Violence Against Women in Sport: Stepping Up to the Challenge”

The meeting is being organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Sport, Youth and Child Development of Zambia , The National Sports Council of Zambia and the National Organization for Women in Sport Physical Activity and Recreation (NOWSPAR) with the support of the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympics Committees and Confederation of Sport (NIF).

The First Lady, Ms Thandiwe Banda, will act as Patron of the event while Professor Kari Fasting will be the Key speaker. Professor Fasting is President of WomenSport International and expert consultant on Sexual harassment and abuse for the International Olympic Committee and UNICEF.

The conference is a landmark event which will raise the profile of women and sport issues, demonstrate commitment to effecting positive steps in addressing violence against women in sport and highlight the strategies and opportunities for action in this area.

The Meeting will provide an opportunity to:

  • facilitate the exchange of knowledge and good practices in promoting opportunities for addressing violence against women in sport;
  • garner support and endorsement for Guidelines on addressing violence against women in sport;
  • support strategizing and sharing on advocacy and policy engagement on women in sport issues;
  • contribute to the dissemination of research and knowledge on women and sport in the region;
  • facilitate sharing of outcomes of the World Conference on Women and Sport held in Sydney in May 2010;

It is expected that about 40 delegates will be part of this land mark Meeting, featuring top decision makers, leading government representatives, academics and researchers in the women’s sport movement: representatives of Women’s Committees of National Olympic Committees, National Sports Councils and Commissions and Sport for Development organizations in the region.

Representatives of Women Commissions of Sports Councils and Olympic Committees in the following countries are invited: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Delegates are expected to meet own transport costs, however, we will provide shared accommodation and meals during the period of the Meeting.

Participation Confirmation Deadline: 15th April 2011

Kindly contact: advocacy@nowspar.com for details and expression of interest in participation.

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4th Women’s Sports Day Festivals On!

The Commemoration of the 4th International Women’s Sports Day in Celebration of the International Women’s Day is in progress under the theme  “Addressing Violence Against Women in Sport”.

The events at our Kaunda Square Chapter commenced with a March around the community of Kaunda Square, a Zumba Fitness Session to warm up for the games and sports marches.Activities included sports festivals, marches,media discussions, community meetings, music and dance.

These are taking place in several NOWSPAR Chapters around the country in both urban and rural areas.

The sports day was promoted through radio, tv and newspaper coverage prior to the event, the media also covered the equipment distribution ceremony on tv and newspapers.

The German Embassy represented by Ms. Illona Kankam-Baodu presented Sports equipment for Football, netball and volleyball to NOWSPAR which was in turn distribute to the NOWSPAR Chapters on Friday 4th March in time for the events on Saturday 5th March.  On the right: Susan Chomba Treasurer at Liteta NOWSPAR Chapter represented her community at the distribution ceremony held at NOWSPAR.

Other partners contributed through financial support, trophies and sports equipment as well, our partners for the Sports Day are:


The German Embassy in Zambia
, VIZADA Networks in Norway, City Centre Supplies in Lusaka, Alive and Kicking Zambia, SCORE Zambia, Unlimited Gifts Limited, National Science and Technology Council of Zambia and the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport (NIF).

 

We will be sharing with you a report of the Women’s Sports Day activities as soon as possible.

Get in touch with us to let us know if you have hosted or participated in a Women’s Sports Day event or the International Women’s Day events.

A 100 Years, 100s of issues: One Goal

International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.  The day honors the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women’s success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed. The first International Women’s Day event was run in 1911. This year is the Global Centenary Year and leads us to reflect over the sports society and whether or not we have made progress in issues of gender equality in sport.

International Women’s Day in 1911 is in some ways very similar to International Women’s Day in 2011. This is a rather depressing thought as it can mean that the struggles of women are pretty much the same a hundred years later. Much so within the sphere of sport since the reality of women within the sport realm is closely tied to and is in many ways a reflection of women’s position in broader society. There is however a great contribution to women’s development by the sport sector and the campaign has over the years included the sport sector as an active area of activism and action against the injustice of gender inequality.

There is a diversity of initiatives by women that use sport, physical activity and recreation to address development issues including health, education and poverty among others.

From the freezing slopes of the Himalayas mountains in Nepal, the Three Sisters Trekking; A group of women training in trekking to support the livelihoods of their families; in the bustling slums of Mathare in Nairobi, Kenya award winning Mathare Youth Sport Association provides scholarships for girls and young women, in Livingstone, Zambia, Kwenuha Women’s Association uses sport to facilitate reintegration of former sex workers into their communities, in the sweltering heat of Vietnam there are young girls and women learning about HIV/AIDS prevention through a sport program by the Football Federation of Vietnam.

We should not forget the significant role that women in sport have played in conflict resolution and post war reconciliation; a cadre of women who are ‘waging peace’ by bringing communities that at one time were killing each other in cold blood to now play together in friendship and peace. The Association of Kigali Women in Sport established after the war in Rwanda has provided space for recreation and healing.

The sport for development community should celebrate International Women’s Day to demonstrate to the world these contributions that sport is making to better the lives of women and their communities.

Secondly, we should participate in this campaign because there are still inequality issues that need to be addressed. These inequalities manifest in sport through domination of men in leadership and decision making, limited allocation of resources to sport programs and activities for women and girls, limited media coverage, lower prize and remuneration value for women professional athletes and sexual harassment of women and girls.

The Commemoration of International Women’s Day is significant as an advocacy platform, a forum for joint action and expression of commitment to the advancement of women’s right to sport and overall wellbeing.

In 1911 the goal of activists was gender equality, 100 years later, lots of progress has been made but the goal is not yet a reality and we need to keep working at it with the rest of the world.