Goal Event with participants from Handball, Basketball and Football Clubs in Lusaka.
The Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) is a mufti-purpose sports and education complex established in partnership between the Government of Zambia and the International Olympic Committee IOC) and the National Olympic Committee of Zambia (NOCZ). The OYDC runs programs including athlete and technical sport development and social programs including health and rights awareness for children and youth.
NOWSPAR was part of the consultative meeting held on Saturday 29th September at the OYDC at which discussions where held on the current programs and operations and opportunities for cooperation.
One key result area of the OYDC is ensuring access to sport and social development programs of girls and women by contributing to opportunities for athletes, coaches, peer leaders and technical staff.
NOWSPAR will be supporting the delivery of some leadership and sport activities for girls and young women at the OYDC.
Also present at the meeting were National Sport Associations, the National Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Sport.
Read more about the OYDC and their programs, events and facilities here.
The Women National Football Team will be heading to Namibia this month to compete in the 9th African Women Championship taking place on 11th -25th October in Namibia. Currently in camp, the team are preparing to score goals not just in this tournament but also in their own lives.
In partnership with the Women’s Committee, NOWSPAR presents workshop sessions with the team on various topics including rights, gender inequality, protection from violence and leadership.
This week,the session conducted focused on Financial Literacy and was based on the Goal Curriculum and led by our staff Fatima assisted by Chikondi and Bertha. We had 29 players and 4 members of the Technical Team.
The discussion covered the importance of financial literacy in personal development and leadership, explored how the young women acquired money and what key expenses they have, decision making and the role of money in empowerment.
The players mentioned that a major motivation for saving money is the short term and risky nature of a career in football and therefore the need for other options for earning money. Players are concerned that although they would like to play football professionally just like men, women’s football in Zambia does not enable them to earn any income. Even the basic allowances for practical expenses while they are on national duty are too little and at times not provided. They would want their team to be more valued like the men’s teams.
Having limited income increases both the need and the challenge of saving, and considering the social status that the young women hold as National Team players, the players recognise the conflicting demands and desires on how to spend the money they earn in and outside football.
Suggestions for topics for discussion in the next workshop include communication, conflict resolution and rights.
The Zambia National Women’s Netball Team qualified to participate in the 2015 Netball World Cup to be held in Sydney, Australia on 7th – 16th August.
Speaking at the media event held at the National Sports Council of Zambia, NOWSPAR Executive Director Matilda Mwaba praised the team and called on sport stakeholders including media, government as well as the corporate sector to support the Team.
Charman of the National Sports Council of Zambia Mr. Mwamba Kalenga thanked the Team and the Association for their hard work and success so far, ‘You have made our country proud‘ he said.
This is the second time that Zambia has qualified to participate at the Netball World Cup, the last time was in 1999.
Please visit http://nwc2015.com.au to follow the #RoadToSydney.
“I have the confidence that I am equal with my male counterparts and I believe that there is a great leader within me.”Deliwe Daka, Goal Champion
The Goal Program in Zambia was re-launched on Saturday 20th September 2014 at an event held at the National Sports Development Centre in Lusaka. The launch aimed to celebrate and highlight the Goal Program, participants and partnership. Goal is a leadership development program targeted at adolescent girls and young women, NOWSPAR with the support of Women Win and Standard Chartered is this year reaching 1,000 girls in schools, sport NGOs and Sport Associations. The event brought together Goal stakeholders including the government, schools, sport organisations and media.
Speaking at the Launch, Government representatives from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Gender and the National Sports Council, shared in the commitment to invest in girls’ leadership and access to sport and physical activity through policies that are supportive and practical collaboration at specific levels such as access to schools, sport associations among others. The role of Goal in prevention of gender based violence (GBV) was also praised as GBV is a national priority.
Minister of Education, Dr. John Phiri ‘Sport is not just for men, it is important for girls to have access too and the media has a strong influence through coverage of women in sport and to advocate for girls sport.‘
“We are big on being a force for good in the communities where we operate, we have come back to the table- with the commitment our group CEO, Peter Sands made at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative to reach 500,000 girls through Goal by the end of 2018.” Standard Chartered Bank Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Andrew Okai said.
NOWSPAR Chairperson Ms. Mutinta Mwembe emphasised the importance of leadership development for girls in a changing society. ‘We are expecting girls to take up broader areas of participation and responsibility in our society at levels including economic, political and reproductive among others. Our society, and more importantly, these girls expect to not just participate as consumers and producers but also as strategic leaders and decision makers. ‘
NOWSPAR is reaching 500 girls in 6 schools across Lusaka through weekly Goal sessions and 500 more girls from sport associations and community clubs through Goal Events. Two more events are scheduled for 27th September and 11th October to commemorate the International Day of the Girl.
‘Goal is an award-winning development programme which uses sport and life skills education to transform the lives of adolescent girls. Created by Standard Chartered, it is primarily designed for girls ages 12-18 who are living in underserved communities. Goal is typically offered on a weekly basis, over the course of ten months. The programme is divided into four modules focused on one of four key life skills: communication, health and hygiene, rights and financial literacy.’ http://www.goalprogramme.org
Our General Secretary Lombe Mwambwa was speaking at the Women Football Coaches Trainning Course held by the Football Association of Zambia with 26 Coaches drawn from schools and sports clubs across the country.
Hey key message was the need for coaches in football to recognise their leadership and advocacy roles. The challenge of being practitioners as well as their own advocates and advocates for the interests of the players and the sport in general.
The discussion covered issues of access to resources, leadership, protection and capacity development opportunities.
Here are some of the issues and concerns that the Women Football Coaches would like to addressed within the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to improve women’s football.
– Annual awards in football should also include the women’s league, clubs, players and coaches too
– There should be a Cup to be won at the end of the women’s football league at present, it just ends without awards for the winners
– The FAZ website and social media pages should also have a lot of information on women’s football
– The Football Association should market and negotiate league support for corporate sponsorship of the women’s league as well as broadcast of women’s football matches on national television
– Ensure awareness and protection of women in football on rights and protection from harassment and abuse
– There should be awareness on the right behavior and code of conduct, also need to make it easier to report problems and that those who do wrong are dealt with
– Procurement of kit should be done with women in mind so that it fits properly, women do not want to have to use men’s kit
– Facilitate partnership with local schools and universities to ensure the women’s league will run for longer
– Profile and promote women in football through media coverage and Association communications and publications
– Review the women’s football development plan and pursue the delivery on funding requirements by FIFA
– Diversify the stakeholders represented on the Women Football Development Committee
– Ensure the quality and quantity of camping and team preparations are adequate and fair