Taking Commonwealth Youth Sport Charter Forward

‘Young people should be central to all levels of decision making in order to maximize the contribution of sport to youth empowerment and development” 

NOWSPAR General Secretary Lombe Mwambwa, Director of Sport Mr. Mulonda and Lusaka Province Youth Coordinator Ms. Waana Namakanda

NOWSPAR General Secretary Lombe Mwambwa, Director of Sport Mr. Mulonda and Lusaka Province Youth Coordinator Ms. Waana Namakanda

This is the key message from the 4th Commonwealth Sports Development Conference held in Glasgow 12 -13 August.

Our General Secretary Ms. Lombe Mwambwa was at the Conference where she gave a Key Note address on Empowering Girls and Women through Sport as well as part of a team that led a workshop session on Women in Sport Leadership.

An agreed way forward, at the conference was for ‘participants to consider the level to which current policy, strategy and programmes reflect this principle, and share the content of the Charter and Message within our own networksYouth Sport Charter

Key Note address on Empowering Girls and Women in Sport

Key Note address on Empowering Girls and Women in Sport

In line with this, we presented to the Director of Sport in the Zambian government, the Youth Sport Charter, following a briefing on the conference and it’s outcomes, we have agreed to do a joint briefing session with key youth leaders and also to utilise the charter to input into the National Youth Policy which is under review at present.

We have scheduled his week a meeting with the Sport’s department and will be briefing them and presenting the charter to them.
 
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NOWSPAR Signs Brighton Declaration

NOWSPAR has just signed the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport at a signing ceremony witnessed by the Ministry of Youth and Sport Permanent Secretary Ms. Agness Musunga. Signing the declaration is an expression of NOWSPAR’s commitment to the principles of addressing and promoting women and girls right to sport.

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From Left: Lombe Mwambwa- NOWSPAR General Secretary, Agness Musunga Permanent Secretary Sport and Matilda K. Mwaba NOWSPAR Executive Director

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From Left: Shaking hands to seal the deal! Agness Musunga Permanent Secretary Sport and Matilda K. Mwaba NOWSPAR Executive Director after signing the Brighton Declaration

Southern Africa Commits to Women in Sport

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The Women in Sport Conference held in Gaberone, Botswana from 4th – 7th August resolved to take a strong stance on the need to advance women’s sport in the region. The meeting brought together delegates from 10 countries in Southern Africa and resulted in a declaration that will be presented to the Council of Sport Ministers.

The declaration re-affirms the principles of among other instruments the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport, the SADC Protocol on Sport, Information and Cluture and is grounded in human rights principles.

Our Executive Director Ms. Matilda Mwaba was at the meeting where she facilitated sessions on developing action plans, and she said ‘I am pleased we are making definit progress in dealing with critical issues in sport including gender based violence. An additional key outcome of this meeting was the networking and re-establishment and strengthening of links across the region and building a sense of collective purpose. I believe the Zone is committed to moving forward and it is this sort of dedication and action that will change the game for women in sport in Southern Africa

The Minister of Sport, Botswana, Honourable Shaw Ngathi opened the Conference, the Minister emphasized the importance of sport to development and urged member states to prioritize sports development as sport as the power to ensure productivity of the country. He also emphasized the need for national leaders to be formed and fashioned through sport due to the hard work, discipline and tolerance it instills.

During the opening of the ceremony, a former Chairperson of the Women and Sport Botswana (WASBO) now Minister of Trade and Industry, Honourable Dorcas Malesu gave her life experience of how sport helped turn her into the great leader she had become.

The Zambian delegation to the meeting included, Ministry of Youth and Sport represented by Ms Thandeka Grace Soko Snr. Sports Development Officer, Major Milfred Muke Sports Development Officer at the National Sports Council of Zambia , Mrs. Brenda M. Chipande of the National Olympic Committee of Zambia and Ms. Sarah Brotherton, Treasurer at the National Paralympic Committee of Zambia.

The conference was led by Dr. Kari Fasting, international expert on Women and Sport currently with the Norwegian Olympic Committee and Mr. Stanley  Mutoya, General Manager SCSA Zone VI.

The following are the recommendation made from the deliberations of the conference which should be implemented in our Country,

Policy Development

§ Inclusion of capacity building, empowerment programmes and provision of sports equipment/safe spaces for women to participate in sport.

§ Assist the National Sports Council of Zambia and sports associations/bodies develop gender balanced policies.

§ Creation of a Gender Unit in the Department of Sports Development by November 2014.

§ Domesticate the 40% of women in sports leadership at ministerial, National Sports Council and sports association levels.

Research and Development

§ Create a Ministerial data base that will provide information on all sports activities in the Country,

§ Create a Ministerial library for provision and storage of information,

§ Encourage networking through electronic technology,

Capacity Building

§ Facilitate short, medium and long term training for women in sport,

§ Facilitate exchange of programmes through exchange programmes through local, regional and international interactions.

§ Facilitate advocacy platforms for women in sport,

§ Provide for a code of conduct in sport,

§ Domesticate the 40% women in leadership law and ensure adherence at all levels,

Gender Based Violence

§ Facilitate GBV in sport awareness programmes in both the print and electronic media,

§ Ensure compliance to the code of conduct,

§ Promote empowerment of women in sport,

§ Facilitate the creation of 24/7 toll free lines for reporting and mediating on GBV cases in sport,

Women in Sport Commission

§ Ensure the Establishment of a Women and Sport Commission that will be spearheaded by the Ministry of Youth and Sport and the National Sports Council of Zambia,

§ Ensure the establishment of a Women in Sport Commission Secretariat.