2012: Full Steam Ahead for Women

The year 2012 is a landmark year for NOWSPAR and for the women’s movement in many ways. At NOWSPAR we celebrate our fifth year of advocacy for women’s right to and through sport, we thank you for your support and for your contributions of ideas, strategies and resources. We invite you to our 5th Anniversary Celebration; we will keep you updated about the date and time.

This year we are moving a step forward in our advocacy work, taking on the challenge of gender analysis of budgets in sport, capacity development towards addressing violence against women in sport and further equipping young women and girls in sport with skills to speak out for themselves.

More immediately, we are preparing to launch our programs for the period 2012 – 2015 during the commemoration of Women’s Day as we host our Women’s Sports Day in the various Chapters across the Country with sports activities, dance and media presentations among other activities.

In the Women and Sport Community, the International Working Group on Women and Sport is carrying on the Campaign to get more signatories to the Briton Declaration, while the IOC 5th World Conference on Women and Sport is taking place in Los Angeles in Carlifonia, USA with the theme ‘Together Stronger- The Future of Sport’.

We are keeping our eye on the biggest sporting event; the 2012 London Olympics, not only the games but the preparations, the parallel events and the legacy of the games.

Our eyes are also on our local sports scene, both competitive and educational; we are interested in visibility, resource allocation, safety and equality.

At global level, we look forward to the key programs happening in the first quarter of the year including the fifty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from Monday, 27 February to Friday, 9 March 2012. The Priority theme: The empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges. Review theme:Financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women (agreed conclusions from the fifty-second session) Emerging issue: Engaging young women and men, girls and boys, to advance gender equality.

We are positive about this new year and look forward to working with you, come join us as an intern, volunteer, project sponsor, fundraiser or social networker the opportunities are endless.

So keep your eyes on this space, on our website http://www.nowspar.org, our facbook, twitter and YouTube.

2012, lets go!