[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) aimed 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.
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’
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.