Congratulations to the Zambian National Judo Team for their shining performance at the Africa Union Sports Council Region 5 Tournament in Manzini, Swaziland happening this week. They so far have 5 gold medals by Nokutula Banda, Lungowe Chindele, Naomi Zungu, Simon Zulu and Joshua Nyondo and 3 silver medals by Florence Mupeta, Taonga Soko and David Chisenga. These Games are also qualifiers for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
[By Ms. Aya Noguchi, Lusaka] Goal Localised Event and Kicking AIDS Out Sessions were held in George Compound on 23rd of March, I had some discussions with members of Miracle Disabled Group to learn more about their work. NOWSPAR have been working with Miracle Disabled Group since 2012 as one of NOWSAR’s chapter as well as social inclusion program with handicapped people through sports.
George Compound is located on the North Western side of Lusaka, where is one of the places that many handicapped people are gathered because of low accommodation fee and living expenses. Miracle Disabled Group consists of more than 300 members both elderly and young men and women with varied ranged of age between 12 years old and 60 years old. The main purposes of the organisation are lobbying and advocating for development and implementation of policies of protection of handicapped people as well as engaging civil society in their activities.
NOWSPAR has supported the group in ensuring that they have a sustainable sports structure that gives everybody in the community an opportunity to participate sports and physical activities and received some benefits from them. Sports and physical activities haveempowered member of Miracle Disabled Group and given them energy and socialize opportunities.
NOWSPAR had opportunities to conduct informal interviews with Ms. Bernadette Mindeo who is General Secretary of Miracle Disabled Group and two young male participants from community based football team, who were in the Kicking AIDS Out program.
Interview to Ms. Bernaddette Mindeo
Ms. Mindeo demonstrated her application to NOWPAR’s support to her organization. She mentioned that NOWSPAR has brought energy and motivation to handicapped people. For them, it is very difficult to create new networking and socialize with people from outside of their community. Therefore when NOWSPAR conducts some activities, those handicapped people get opportunities to meet new people and create new networking with people from outside. She also explained how much sports have benefited to their life. Sports create opportunities for them to be included in their community and society. They are able to enjoy watching sports activities and playing some sports such as Netball, Volleyball, Football, Chess and Darts with other community members who don’t have handicap. These opportunities have empowered handicapped people and provided them better life. Since NOWSPAR has supported them to become sustainable organization, our supports are flexible according to their projects. NOWSPAR believes that whether people are disabled or not, everybody with passionate about changing their community better, can become good community leaders and sports has power to move forward the initiative.
Ms. Mindeo participated in the Digital Story Telling project by NOWSPAR and WomenWin listen to her story here.
Interviews to two young male participants from Kicking AIDS Out program
Two participants demonstrated high interest to become facilitators of Kicking AIDS Out. They are also member of community-based men’s football team. They are looking for an opportunity to make positive impact on their community. He explained that there are a lot of graduated young men who can’t find any job opportunity. They have been empowered by the people from Miracle Disabled Group and how much influence they have been given by handicapped people. They believe that they can do a lot more for people in the community as the 40 years old handicapped lady has given through sports. They were guided to discuss with Ms. Mindeo from Miracle Disabled Group as well as NOWSPAR representative for future support possibilities. Ms. Mideo also showed some interests to work with group of young men and encouraged them to create a women’s football team in their club. This is one of the model cases how handicapped women encouraged young non-handicapped men to become community leaders through sports.
NOWSPAR has lined up a series of three (3) Financial Literacy sessions as part of the Goal program in three places namely Kalingalinga, Garden and Makeni. The sessions are focusing on financial literacy to commemorate Financial Literacy week which is from the 13th to the 19th of March 2015. The main life skills being explored are the art of saving, challenges to saving, budgeting and ways of making money.
The first session was held on 17th March 2015 in Kalingalinga with 31 girls aged between 9 and 18 of age of the EduSport Kalingalinga Sport Club who participate in Netball and Football teams were engaged in a group discussion and question and answer style of session. The participants gave information on what they already knew on the topics outlined and most of them seem to be well informed were making money and saving was concerned.
“ When I see that my mother has no money to give me to buy new clothes for Show Time [A Youth Variety Show], I start collecting pieces of cloth from tailoring shops and make door mats which I then sell and save the money till its enough for me to get the clothes I want” said Hope, a participant.
Other examples on how the girls make money included selling guavas which grow in most back yards, plaiting hair and freezing water in plastics for sell.
The participants however were not so familiar with the art of budgeting. The NOWSPAR team conducting the session played movement games that enforces this life skill and had a discussion to reinforce information and respond to questions.
“…most of the times when I have money, I just go to the market and buy the things I see and I like but then when I get home I regret and wish that I still had my money .” Said Catherine, a 16 years old Netballer.
After all the games and discussions the girls were asked to reflect on their personal lives and see how they can improve the way they spend and the importance of saving from the little money they come across.
The 2015 Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk in Zambia was held on 9th March 2015 in Lusaka led by Flag Bearer Lumbiwe assisted by VVLead Fellows Sandra Ndona and Lombe Mwambwa who is General Secretary of NOWSPAR.
Ms. Matilda Mwaba (Founder of NOWSPAR and Current Africa Representative to the International Working Group on Women in Sport) was the Lead Mentor at the Women’s Leaders Mentoring Walk workshop as a keynote speaker.
In her speech, Ms Mwaba shared her story of how she has built up her professional career in sports administration and advocacy. She emphasized to young female leaders of importance to believe in themselves to achieve their own professional goal.
Since it is a challenge for young women to find their role models and create networks in the professional field, the mentoring approach is very crucial for developing young women’s leaders.
The walk provided an opportunity for personal interaction to share experiences, ideas and establish mentoring relationships and goals.
The second speaker, after the discussion and mentoring goal-setting sessions, was Ms. Noreena Chiteba, Pesident of the Zambia Squash Association and Founder of KUPES Network a Leadership Program for Young Women. Ms. Chiteba is also a member of the National Sports Council of Zambia Gender Committee and an active part of the Women in Sport Leadership Network.
NOWSPAR Intern Ms. Aya Noguchi was also a participant in this event and will work with VVLead Fellow Lombe on mutual goals around advocacy, academic progress and research on women in sport.
Ms. Chiteba spoke about the importance of mentoring and the importance of having someone to speak to about decisions and life choices. She emphasized the need for the relationship to be two way and not one to be forced onto the mentee. ‘A mentoring relationship will not work if you do not want to be mentored, if you do not have the desire, then this will not work.’
The event was hosted at iSchool Zambia offices, Lulu and Sandra are members of staff of iSchool while NOWSPAR, Lombe’s organisation provided the T-Shirts for the event. The three fellows fundraised from friends and family to meet the costs of the event.
Some immediate results of this event are that the girls have been invited to participate in a mentoring workshop by KUPES Network the following weekend. A network of mentors and mentees has been started to provide continued opportunities for networking and development and monitoring of the mentoring targets and actions plans.
The Mentoring Walk is an initiative of Vital Voices, which is a global women’s leaders mentoring program based in United States and this year more than a thousand women in 73 locations in 53 Countries have participated in the Walk.
See more pictures of the Mentoring Walk and other activities here.
We held our 8th Annual Women’s Sports Day on 7th March 2015 at the National Sorts Development Centre (NASDEC) with over 300 girls and women participating in sport, dance and financial literacy sessions. The theme of the celebration was ‘Gender is a Sports Agenda’ in order to highlight the importance of addressing gender issues within and through sport.
Making It Happen
This year, we hosted the Women’s Sports Day in partnership with the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ), we have done this before but for the first time the NSCZ provided the majority of the funding to implement this event, a step forward in getting activities for girls and women funded by our government. The event was organised by a working group led by the NSCZ Gender Committee and made up of NOWSPAR, Judo, Netball, Badminton, Handball, Squash, Lifeskills Foundation and Bauleni United.
Raising the Issues
Our Goal Leader Mbachi Nyirenda presented a speech in which she asked the Ministry to address five priorities that the Ministry of Sport should focus on including access to resources, media coverage, leadership, protection and accountability for sport resources. Mbachi has been a part of Goal for over a year. In his speech, the Deputy Minister of Sport, Hon. Chitobela M.P committed to ensuring resource allocation to sport and to addressing the issues raised by Mbachi. The Minister also participated in the various activities including Aerobics, Tug of War and Tai Chi.
Demonstrating Sport for All
The event included high energy activities including Aerobics and Zumba Fitness as well as low intensity activities such as Tai Chi. We also had Judo, Tug of War, Squash, Handball, Football and Netball. Some of the girls on these teams also participated in the Goal Event. The National Sports Council of Zambia Gender Committee Chairperson Ms. Matilda Mwaba (also our Executive Director) urged all sport Associations to ensure they develop their programs to include girls and women at various levels and positions. During the Goal activities, the participants played games that are based on sport and traditional games as well adapted to provide a learning experience as well as fun and physical movement. The Aerobics Mania session was run by the Divine Style Fitness to demonstrate how each one can be active individually or as a group.
Financial Literacy through Sport
Our Goal Facilitators held Financial Literacy sessions in which 186 girls between 10 and 20 years old participated. We had 5 staff from our partner Standard Chattered Bank participating in the games and also leading discussions.
Standard Chattered Bank Head of Country Legal and Company Secretary Celine Nair spoke at the opening ceremony highlighting the Banks commitment to invest in reaching 500,000 girls globally. The staff of SCB were also a part of the Facilitators’ Training held on 3rd to 5th March where 27 young women were in a training for Goal Facilitators. During the year, staff will volunteer at trainings, events and mentoring opportunities as part of support to NOWSPAR with our partner WomenWin.
We partnered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Regulator of Capital Markets in Zambia, to raise awareness on Capital Markets as a platform for alternative saving opportunities to banking.
Nine (9) SEC staff participated in the physical activities and play sessions with the girls and young women, playing games to present financial information. Some discussions included barriers to accessing financial institutions such as banks, the concept of shares, short term and long term saving and about SEC as a Regulatory Institution.
Speaking during the Opening Ceremony, Ms. Mutumboi Mundia, Director of Market Supervision and Development commended NOWSPAR for implementing the Goal program saying the principles of sports discipline can be applied to achieve personal financial fitness a fundamental element of economic empowerment.
All Fun and Games
We also had fun dancing and for children jumping on the Trampoline and Jumping Castle. This kept the children active while parents played sport. By the end of the day we had about 300 girls and women take part, these came from sport associations, sport NGOs and the defence services. We had organisations present that are part of the Sport for Social Change Network (SSCN Zambia), Kicking AIDS Out and the Girl Power Alliance.
Several media institutions where present including the national broadcaster ZNBC TV, Radio and various Newspapers. Interviews were conducted with both participants and officials at the event. We anticipate several articles and broadcasts this week and beyond. Through the Girl Power Alliance, our partner the Kilimanjaro Film Institute documented the event and will be producing a video, we look forward to sharing it with you.