Good Bye Your Excellency

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NOWSPAR Executive Director Matilda Mwaba this afternoon signed the Book of Condolences at the Government House in respect of the late President Michael Sata.

Ms. Mwaba was part of the delegation led by the National Sports Council of Zambia Chairman Mr. Mwaba Kalenga.

The delegation comprised of the NSCZ Board (Ms. Mwaba is a Board member) and several National Sports Associations.

NOWSPAR Board and Staff are deeply sad and wish the family of Mr. Sata well in this tragic time.

Shepolopolo: Speaking Out is Patriotic

Photo Credit: FAZ Facebook Page

Photo Credit: FAZ Facebook Page

[Lusaka] The Women’s National Football Team participation in the Africa Championships in Windhoek, Namibia is one of the best moments for women in football in Zambia. This is an indicator of the progress that we are making as a Country in the development of women’s football.

It is common knowledge that the participation of women in sport in Zambia is disproportionately low and from our work over the years, we have learnt that contributing factors include limited resources, gender bias and negative stereotypes.

On behalf of my organisation NOWSPAR, I wish to let you know that we are deeply disappointed that these young women’s patriotism is being brought into question when all they have done is diligently serve our Country and they have spoken up for their rights as is their duty and right.

Our understanding of Patriotism is love and commitment to one’s Country. As you are fully aware, the Women’s National Football Team is one of the most underfunded sports teams in our Country, among other conditions, they have persevered and are doing relatively well. Their engagement in football is for the love of the game, the desire to serve their country and to be the best athletes they can be. All these are indicators of patriotism.

As you are aware, our Football Association has a commitment to the development and fair treatment of women in football. Our own National Sports Policy calls for the addressing of barriers that affect women’s participation in sport, well, this is one of them.

When athletes participate in sport on national duty, it is the responsibility of the Association to ensure they have all their needs met; adequate equipment, time, technical support and allowances.

We are all aware that the sport sector still has resource challenges and limitations. With that in mind, there ought to be a relationship of trust between the athletes and the Association, and room to communicate appropriately and in time to ensure any challenges by either party are addressed in time.

We must treat our women’s national team with dignity and respect, and having young women have to struggle to get the recognition and support they need is unfair. Therefore, adequate preparations and considerations for their welfare must be made within the available resources that the Association has.

We urge stakeholders including the Football Association of Zambia, the National Sports Council, the Ministry of Sport and Youth, Sponsors, Media and Football Fans to:

  • speak out on the importance of fair treatment of athletes by all Sport Associations regardless of their sex, a National Team is a National Team despite their sex
  • ask the Football Association as a beneficiary of public funds to account for how these resources benefit women
  • highlight the plight of the women’s football teams in this context and how your Ministry and other stakeholders can contribute now and in the long term
  • inquire into the Policy frameworks that can facilitate adequate resource allocation to women in sport programs
  • take lead in promoting women’s participation in sport as part of national target of 80% of the population accessing a sport of their choice as established in Zambia’s Vision 2030

We are proud of the Women’s National Football Team; by speaking up when something is not right, they are contributing to bringing about a change that will benefit not just them but future footballers and other athletes as well. That, Hon. Minister, is an act of patriotism.

So, as we celebrate Zambia’s Golden Jubilee, our wish is to see the Women’s National Football Team valued and respected as much as the Men’s National Football Team.

Zambia at 50: Women Leading Sport

MundaleThe Women Sport Leaders Breakfast Seminar was held on Saturday 18th October to highlight issues around Women’s participation in leadership in sport as Zambia commemorates its 50th Anniversary. The Seminar reflected on the sport sector in Zambia and its engagement with women and leadership from the perspectives of Policy, Practice and Advocacy.  This Seminar was hosted in partnership with the National Sports Council of Zambia.

The panel consisted of Ms. Pumulo Mundale- Ministry of Gender, Ms. Doris Mulenga- Ministry of Sport, Dr. Lwatula- National Sports Council, Ms. Matilda Mwaba- NOWSPAR, Mr. Alfred Foloko – Zambia Judo Association.

Panelists discussed personal experiences of leadership in sport, policy frameworks and the issues around the practical implementation with the various sport structures and levels.

There are a number of policy frameworks to support the effort, however, we need to demonstrate clearly the role that sport plays in developing leadership inorder to strengthen the influence and action for promoting women in sport leadership.’ Ms. Mundale said

We have made changes and adopted policies such as deliberate targets for women to be on the Executive Committee through elections, we coopt others to increase the numbers and when we have athlete delegations we allocate quotas for women. Policies are there and sometime women face barriers to act so we at times become forceful and dictate about the gender balance in these cases.’ Mr. Foloko

20141018_084533The challenge of implementing policy is that the cultural limitations are still there, when we undertake programs on sport the men willingly come and even take over women’s sport activities’ Ms. Doris Mulenga

NOWSPAR Executive Director and IWG Africa Representative Ms. Mwaba shared her story of sport leadership highlighting the need fro determination, foresight, diligence and resilience to stay in the arena despite personal and professional challenges.

Delegates raised the importance of recognising and profiling women in sport over the years in order to ensure we are part of the documented history of Zambia.

We must write our memoirs and have films produced about women in sport. Lets award and showcase the contribution of women to sport.’ Noreena Chiteba, President, Zambia Squash Association

Some women in sport who were mentioned for celebration include; Hilda Edwards, Matilda Mwaba, Beatrice Chikonde, Beatrice Mali, Nora Mailwe, Lydia Nanyangwe and Mirriam Moyo.

I decided to get involved in leadership of my sport Volleyball because I saw what could be done to improve it and that I could be a part of it.’ Kaonga Kakoma, Treasurer, Zambia Volleyball Association

In my sporting journey I have done football, athletics, netball and Handball, there are barriers that I have had to faced at each level, I had qualified but still got left out of assignments, I have a formal invitation to a course but still get turned away, so I know it takes a lot of determination.’ Grace, National Team Coach, Handball Association of Zambia

The delegates made a wish list for what they would want celebrated during Zambia’s 100th Anniversary emphasising that the work starts now and that each one had a personal and collective responsibility to make things better.

The Seminar closed with dancing and jubilation as is fitting for a Golden Jubilee celebration!

 

Zambia at 50: Celebrating Sport for Development

S4DZambia is celebrating it’s 50 years of independence, considering the role of sport in development, the National Sports Council of Zambia in partnership with sport for development organisations NOWSPAR, Sport in Action and Edusport Foundation with the support of the Norwegian Olympic Committee and Confederation of Sport (NIF) held a workshop and a sports festival.

The festival brought together over 250 youths to participate in basketball, football, netball, volleyball competitions and life skills sessions. Life skills sessions were conducted by peer leaders using Kicking AIDS Out and Goal Curriculum Games.

 

SafeguardWorkshopA workshop was conducted before the festival for a group of 50 staff, coaches, referees, volunteers and life skill facilitators on Safeguarding and Protection in sport based on the International Safeguards for Children in Sport.

The workshop served the purpose of raising awareness among youth leaders in the organisations on the 8 safeguards, to reflect on their roles in creating and sustaining a safe sporting environment and to contribute to building and delivering a safeguarding framework that is based on the reality they face as they work in sport. Sessions were run by a combined team of staff of NOWSPAR, Edusport and Sport in Action.

 

GamesThe event was officially opened by the Deputy Minister of Sport, Director of Sport, the Chairman of the National Sports Council of Zambia and NGO leaders. The Deputy Minister of Sport noted that sport is a corner stone for development both at national and international levels because sport is a drive for positive behaviour change among young people as it deters the from engaging in bad vices such as early marriages, smocking, and beer drinking.

Several media interviews were done on National Television and Radio channels to highlight the event as well as the contribution of sport for development approaches and organisations to the development of the country and sport.

 

SfDParticipantSpeechGoal Champion Doreen Kayumba presented a vote of thanks on behalf of the participants, she reminded her fellow participants to avoid engaging themselves in life threatening activities and behave responsibly if they are to become strong leaders. Doreen made an appeal to the Ministry of Sport to extend the scholarship opportunities and income generating activities to organisations involved in sport for development.

 

Goal Event on International Day of the Girl Child

GoalPaxIDGCOver 300 adolescent girls gathered at the Olympic Youth Development Centre to participate in our Goal Event in celebration of International Day of the Girl Child on 11th October 2014. The Theme ‘Empowering Adolescent Girls: Breaking the Cycle of Violence’ reflects the aim of the Goal Program that has sessions covering financial literacy, prevention of violence, rights and health.

The Goal Event participants were drawn from various sports associations including Handball, Volleyball, Basketball, Hockey, Martial Arts, Boxing, Football among others.

 

 

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During the day, various sport stakeholders visited the event including the Ministry of Sport Permanent Secretary, IOC International Development officer, President of the National Olympic Committee and Patron of the Tuelings Award.

Goal Program was recognized and awarded a trophy for the Best Program on Youth Empowerment at the Tuelings Awards held on the same day by the Olympic Youth Development Centre.

Speaking at the Ceremony, OYDC Executive Director Mr. Clement Chileshe said the Goal Program was important to meeting the needs of young people and to the fulfillment of the mission of the OYDC.

 

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During the week leading up to the event several media discussions were held discussing the role of sport in girls empowerment, how Goal works and to highlight the IDGC Goal Event.

NOWSPAR staff were featured on News programs, Talk Shows, Sport Programs and Magazine programs in English, Lozi, Bemba and Tonga on National TV, national and community radio stations.

 

 

 

GoalPaxCertificatesNOWSPAR is supported by Women Win and Standard Chartered to deliver Goal and this year has reached over 1,000 adolescent girls in schools and sports clubs.