The International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG) a global high level body that advocates for women’s rights to sport yesterday announced the regional representatives for its Steering Committee for 2015 – 2018 and Zambia’s Matilda Mwaba has been selected as Africa Representative.
NOWSPAR is honoured that our Executive Director will serve Africa at the IWG steering Committee which is comprised of representatives from all regions of the world drawn from government, civil society and academic bodies.
Established in 1994, the IWG has influence and connection with various high level bodies including the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace, SportAccord, UNCSW, International Sport Federations and Networks.
One of the core mandates of the IWG is to advance the implementation of the Brighton Declaration of 1994, to support development of a global women and sport movement and regional mobilisation of women and sport structures. A second mandate is to convene the World Conference on Women and Sport every four years, the 6th edition is taking place in Helsinki, Finland on June 12th – 15th.
In the last quadrennial, the IWG Chair and Secretariat was held by Finland, following a successful bid, Botswana National Sports Council will be Chairing the IWG and hosting the Secretariate from 2015 – 2018 when the next World Conference will be held in Gaberone.
Ms. Mwaba served the last four years as a Co-Opted expert advising on women in sport in Africa. In the new term she is Africa representative while another African expert will be Co-opted when the Steering Committee convenes in Helsinki this June.
This development is cardinal as it reflects Zambia’s leadership in the efforts towards advancing women’s right to sport and will contribute to raising the international standing of our country as actively pursuing the principles of the Brighton Declaration, the AU
protocols and CEDAW among other international obligations.
Getting effective functioning and impact of Ms. Mwaba’s voice at this high level platform will require the material, political and strategic support of the Zambian government through the Ministry of Sport and the National Sports Council, the regional structures of sport within the AU and sport civil society in Zambia and Africa.
NOWSPAR is grateful for the support from various partners the Ministry of Sport for strategic support and the Norwegian Olympic Committee for its support towards meeting costs of Ms. Mwaba’s participation on the IWG the last four years.
This morning the Women in Sport Leadership Network celebrated Ms. Mwaba’s new position and are proud that Zambia is representing Africa at this strategic level.
We wish Ms. Mwaba good health and best wishes as she takes Africa’s women in sport forward.
NOWSPAR Board Chairperson