Safeguarding and Protection Workshop 28th – 30th May 2013

Delegates at the Safeguarding in Sport Workshop[28.05.13, Livingstone] Today we will kickoff our Workshop on ‘Upholding the Integrity of Sport through Safeguarding and Protection’. The Workshop is held in partnership with the Ministry of Sport and is bringing together government officials in sport, sport NGOs, and Community based sports development initiative representatives to deliberate on protection and safeguarding in sport.

The Workshop provides a platform for dialogue between government and civil society to collaboratively develop a plan of action to implement the National Policies on Sport and Gender Based Violence within the sport sector.

In 2008,the Government of the Republic of Zambia through the Gender in Development Division (GIDD) published the National Plan of Action on Gender Based Violence (NPA-GBV) aiSafeguarding Workshop in Sessionmed at stimulating a multi-stakeholder response to Gender Based Violence in Zambia through a holistic and multidimensional approach. Although much progress has been made in other sectors, there hasn’t been much progress within the sport sector.

The sport sector in Zambia has over the last few years recognised the need to address the issues of Gender Based Violence and our efforts are focusing on advocating for three key elements of fostering protection and safeguarding within sport, these are:

Firstly, developing and adopting clear guidelines which cover the adoption of rules, a code of conduct or practice which define what is wrong and what is right behaviour by athletes, officials, etc. and what the punishment for breaking the rules are.

Livingstone District Commissioner recieving the Guiding Principles on GBV in SportSecondly, adopting a framework for monitoring or surveillance to ensure guidelines are being obeyed.

Thirdly, adopting and promoting an education programme for participants and other central actors in sport to prevent them from engaging in unacceptable behaviour and informing them about guidelines and the monitoring framework.

By providing a multi stakeholder engagement process, we are expecting to have mutually supportive action across sectors and that the safeguarding efforts within the sport sector will not only be advocated for, but also planned, budgeted for and implemented.

This is in line with the national strategy led by the Ministry of Gender which focuses on ‘one leader, one team and one program


Workshop in Session -Safeguarding in Sport

This meeting is the second in our ‘Upholding the Integrity of Sport’ Series; the first was held earlier this month in Lusaka and focused on Governance in Sport.

NOWSPAR’s work is generously supported by the Government of the Republic of Zambia, the Zambian Governance Foundation, the Norwegian Olympic Committee and Women Win.

We are hosting this workshop in Livingstone Zambia’s tourist capital, home to the mighty Victoria Falls and will in August be co-host city of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s 20th General Assembly.

Upholding the Integrity of Sport Workshop

NSCZNOWSPAR is pleased to announce the Workshop on Sport Governance that will take place this Friday 17th May in Lusaka under the theme ‘Upholding the Integrity of Sport’.

Over the years, we have learnt that the issues we advocate around including low engagement of women in leadership, vulnerability to harassment and abuse and inequitable resource allocation among others are upheld in part by weak governance structures that do not provide support and accountability for the best interest of sport stakeholders.

In partnership with the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) the lead statutory governing body of sport in Zambia, we are holding a Workshop to engage National Sport Governing Bodies/Sport Associations on sport governance.

The Workshop will be opened by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sport, key conversations will be on creating a shared understanding of sport governance, the structures and systems, issues of integrity and the role of governance. We will discuss the results of our 2013 She Leads! Survey  on women and sport leadership and proposed Guiding Principles on Sport Governance. This platform will also provide us with critical insights on policy and practice affecting safety and protection from harassment and abuse and the gender imbalance in leadership of sport.

Expected outcomes are recommendations to various stakeholders for development, consensus on the next steps in developing better sport governance, adoption of governance standards and a commitment to work towards them.

This initiative is being delivered at a time when good governance is a national and international priority. For instance, at the 5th Commonwealth Sports Ministers’ Meeting in Delhi in 2010 [At which Zambia was present] Ministers resolved unanimously that ‘all national sporting bodies should adopt internationally accepted good governance principles, as Sports development is a public service. Ministers further emphasized that transparency and accountability by adopting good governance principles would be the appropriate way to secure and protect the autonomy of sport.

The meeting of the Task Force on Gender and Sport led by the Ministry of Sport held in February 2013 in Lusaka agreed that ‘weak sport governance is a major barrier to gender mainstreaming in sport and recommended that this should be addressed urgently.’

We are aware of the complexity and political dynamics of governance issues in sport and are thus cautious that this process will not be an end in itself but is a process to initiate engagement of sport leaders on governance issues.

Keeping governance on the agenda and action priorities will require the close collaboration of various stakeholders, both state and non-state actors in and outside sport.

We are undertaking this work with the support of the Zambian Governance Foundation, the Nowergian Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Women Win and the Government of the Republic of Zambia.

Women in Sport Leadership Network Meeting Kicks Off

She Leads

The Women in Sport Leadership Network kick-Off meeting will be held under the theme: Lead the Change. Be the Change and will bring together up to 20 women in sport from government, Sports Association and Civil Society for a half day meeting to deliberate on sport and leadership on Friday 3rd May 2013 at the National Sports Development Centre. The objectives of the Meeting:

  1. To introduce the Network to the participants and to get their input on for future activities
  2. To share the results of our tracking survey on women in sport leadership
  3. To provide a platform for multi-stakeholder focus on women’s engagement in leadership
  4. To gain insight on some of the needs of women in sport leadership
  5. To celebrate the women in sport leadership

Media are invited for the first part  of the meeting at 14:00 – 14:30 hrs.

The findings of our 2013 survey on women’s participation in leadership in sport shows that there is still a very low participation of women on boards of National Sports Associations in Zambia. Some data we have collected shows us that:

  • Out of the 33 National Sport Associations Surveyed, there are 306 Executive Committee Members and only 77 of these are women- a mere 39%
  • Only 8 out of the 33 National Sports Associations Surveyed have a female president
  • Only 2 out of the 13 Board Members of the National Olympic Committee of Zambia are women
  • National Association Boards have an average of 2 out of 13 female members

Our program called ‘She Leads’ is targeted at addressing this situation. The programme has three parts which combine advocacy, awareness, capacity development, networking, research and education. The programme is targeted at women and youth at all levels of sport, both recreation and professional sport. The programme aims at addressing gender inequality in and through sport by creating a mass of women and sports institutions that are responsive to the gendered lives of women and take relevant steps towards mainstreaming.

The program is delivered in three parts:

          I.            She Leads is a Campaign to raise awareness on the limited participation of girls and women in Sport Leadership. The campaign includes research activities, advocacy, media and public awareness.

II.            Leadership Score Card is a monitoring project to track the changes in women’s participation in sport leadership. The project is the legacy of the 5th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport held in Sydney, 2010. Every year we highlight the changes and use this information to inform our advocacy.

III.            The Women in Sport Leadership Network is a multi-stakeholder platform convened by NOWSPAR for women and girls in or aspiring for leadership in sport. The Network activities include capacity development, mentoring, advocacy and awareness forums.

Ms. Mwaba, Executive Director of NOWSPAR said ‘we want to see the women in sport to be the leaders of change in the sport community to be the role models of positive leadership.  We are committed to getting women engaged in leadership, not just to meet quota targets but to make a difference towards challenging the gender norms that have for a long time been barriers to women’s rights to decision making.

We have adopted the theme Lead the Change, Be the Change which is the theme of the IWG 6th World Conference on Women and Sport to be held in Helsinki, Finland in 2014. NOWSPAR’s Ms. Mwaba is a member of the IWG Steering Committee as co-opted member expert on Africa.

The Women in Sport Leadership Network is a NOWSPAR initiative implemented under our Every Body Matters II Programme with the support of the Nowergian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport (NIF).