Ministry of Sport and Youth Permanent Secretary Mrs. Musunga has pledged to advance the cause of gender equality in sport. Speaking in a meeting with NOWSPAR Executive Director Matilda Mwaba during International Women’s Day. ‘We must ensure we have clear priorities in sport development and addressing gender based violence is one of them’ She said. The discussion covered areas of cooperation in policy review, budgeting, legal reform and capacity building.
Ms. Mwaba said ‘As you may be aware, following the Southern Africa Women and Sport Consultative Meeting, we set up a Task Force on Addressing Gender Based Violence in sport comprised of the Ministry of Sport, Ministry of Education, National Sport Council and Gender in Development Division.
One of the outcomes of our cooperative work is the development of the Guiding Principles on Addressing Gender Based Violence in Sport which Ms. Mwaba presented toMrs. Musunga.
We are pleased to share with you that we have shared these guidelines at local level, regional, international and recently presented them to the special advisor to the United Nations Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace.
The purpose of this Task Force is to advance the Guiding Principles on Addressing Gender Based Violence as well as to strategize towards action by the sport community on Gender Based Violence.
We therefore would like to urge you to take a key leadership role in advancing this cause as it is within the interest of achieving the Ministry’s Policy on advancing gender equality in sport.’
Mrs. Musunga was positive that with cooperation between NOWSPAR and the Minsitry great strides can be made towards addressing gender inequality manifested in low leadership participation, limited media coverage and lack of access and availability of sport and recreation facilities within communities.
‘We will look for opportunities to cooperate with other sectors as sport and youth issues are just as cross cutting as gender, disability and environmental issues. For example sport affects health, it affects town planning and education, so in planning process of other sectors we should be as involved as possible.’
The meeting was also attended by NOWSPAR General Secretary Lombe Mwambwa and Ministry of Sport Senior officer Grace Soko.