NOWSPAR Supports International Day of the Girl Child

The International Day of the Girl Child is an important platform for each of us to take account for our responsibilities to girls in our country. For the sport sector, we ask ourselves, have we delivered for girls? Have we listened to the girls in our programs? Have we sought out the girls who are excluded?

We also use this day to celebrate girls, the girls who are playing sport, who are being active, girls who are leading their peers, girls who are committed to their dreams and who stay in school or get back into school.

We continue to advance the understanding that physical education for girls is significant to girls’ development and contributes to reinforcing their education in other core areas that are focused on by our education system. But a brilliant mind in a physically inactive body will be limited in what can be achieved and the quality of life.

On this day, we remind ourselves of the work ahead of us, to secure the girls’ future by securing their girlhood. Vulnerability to abuse remains a key concern in our sector and community; we join with the rest of the world in taking a stand against child marriages and pregnancies. We are doing this by equipping girls to speak for themselves, to stand for their rights and to act towards their empowerment.

On behalf of NOWSPAR we call upon all stakeholders in sport to act for and with girls, to acknowledge their aspirations, voices and needs and to protect their girlhood.

Happy Day of the Girl Child- Matilda K. Mwaba

Women in Sport Recources, Tools and Opportunities

The effort to secure women’s right to sport and through sport is a global challenge. We share with you here some thoughts, opportunities and resources from around the world.

She Leads- Promoting Women in Sport Leadership: The NOWSPAR 2012 ‘She Leads Survey’ has found that the percentage of female board members on National Sport Associations in Zambia has slightly decreased since 2010. There has been a decrease in the number of Associations with representation of 50% or more women. And an increase of 12% in the number of Associations without any female members on their Boards. Here:

Women Win – One Win Leads to Another: The International Guide to Addressing Gender-Based Violence through Sport seeks to address one of the largest barriers to global development. Visit the guide to connect with the global community of activists dedicated to this work.

The Women’s Sports Foundation just came out with a new report! Read more and download “The Decade of Decline: Gender Equity in High School Sports” here:

Designed to Move: A Physical Activity Action Agenda. More than 70 experts from a wide range of disciplines contributed to the development of the fact base and this framework. These are the champions who are committed to working together to create a new future.  “We are designed to move! Standing still is only moving us backwards. It’s time for action….”

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and co-partner of the Conference, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are launching a “Call for Contributions” to the World Conference on Sport, Culture, and Education, 8th edition, to be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Submissions selected through the Conference Selection Committee will be published by the IOC in the final report proceedings; opportunity for on-site presentation is not an element of the process.

Creating a nation of active women. The goal of the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation is to create a nation of active women. A big ambition. But one with huge benefits for women’s health and self-esteem – and for society as a whole. This report tells you what we have done in the last year to reach our goal.

Actively Engaging Women and Girls: Addressing the Psycho-Social Factors is a new resource designed to increase opportunities for women and girls as both participants and leaders in the Canadian sport and physical activity system. The publication is a supplement to the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) foundation document, and complements other Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) resources. A valuable resource for everyone involved in sport and physical activity, it will support and guide those working with women and girls so they engage in, and maintain, healthy and active lifestyles. Available here: