End of Year Message from NOWSPAR Director Matilda Mwaba

Christmas- nowsparDear Friends,

The year 2013 is quickly approaching and we look forward with enthusiasm for this new period we will be entering. We look forward to the work we shall be implementing as we take forward our mission to promote women and girls’ rights to and through sport.

The year 2012 was a landmark year for us, we celebrated 5 years of implementing our programs, we are thankful to our partners for their support.

We renewed our partnership with the Norwegian Olympic Committee and expanded our partnership with Women Win, we have also established a new partnership with the Zambian Governance Foundation for Civil Society.

We had a very sad moment, two young women Barbara Museba Chilala, 20 and Gladys Chisenga, 19 in our program in Serenje died in a traffic accident and 2 were injured as their team was travelling to a tournament on 2nd December 2012. Our compassion goes out to their families and the team, we stand with them in hope and prayers for their comfort.

In April this year, we launched the Women in Sport Hall of Fame and inducted 5 powerful Zambian women in sport including Professional Boxer Cathering Phiri who later in the year won a World Championship Title.

Among others, we celebrate the Under 20 Zambian National Football Team for winning Gold at the Zone VI Under 20 Games, we recognise the two young women Zane Howard and Chauzje Choosha who represented Zambia at London2012.

Our staff and volunteers volunteered at the Zone VI Under 20 Games in various portfolios and we are proud of their contribution to a successful hosting. We have sent out and received in return from Norway and Uganda two Youth Sport Exchange (FK) volunteers.

We continued to track leadership in the sport associations by monitoring the changes in their executive committees, we engaged the media actors to develop a shared understanding of the strategies to advance coverage of women in sport.

We hosted post graduate, graduate and undergraduate researchers as they undertook data collection on topics related to women in sport including Mr. Elias Musengeya of UK Sport, Ms. Linda Jacobsen of the Institute of Sport Science in Norway and Ms. Jess Howard of University of East Anglia.

We are proud to have been an active member of the women’ movement and the sport for development community through various platforms and networks, locally we have been active in the Girl Power Alliance in Zambia with CHIN, Plan and Child HelpLine. Through this we have supported our members with capacity development in the areas of child protection, child rights approaches and gender mainstreaming.

Internationally we engaged at platforms including the NGO Commission on the Status of Women, UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace, the Sport for Social Change Network, The International Kicking AIDS Out Network, the International Working Group on Women and Sport and Zone VI Women and Sport Commission.

We had 2 youth participate in the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace Youth Camps in Germany and Doha and 1 youth in an exchange program by Meridian in the USA. We further facilitated participation of our youth in the Zambian Constitution making consultations.

Our cooperation with traditional leaders has been maintained and we engaged one more leader His Royal Highness Chief Kambwali in Luapula Province and maintained our contact with the Parliamentary Committee on Sport.

Our team during the year comprised of Local and International Volunteers, Staff, Outreach Staff and members of our Talent Bank. We continue to evolve our management set up to position ourselves for efficient and effective operations of our organisation.

We are also moving to strengthen our governance by adoption of various policies and procedures as well as orientation of our team to high standards of integrity and performance.

We applaud our partners, volunteers, staff, trustees and advisors, we thank you for your unwavering commitment and dedication.

2012 was pivotal for us as we used it to rethink our focus and to re-direct our strategies to our intentions of a balance between policy influence and community engagement. We are launching into 2013 with confidence that we shall make the biggest strides we have ever made and move boldly to achieve our aims.

On behalf of team NOWSPAR I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

God bless us all.

Matilda K. Mwaba

Executive Director