Women’s Sport Leadership Seminar

WSLN Seminar 05/06/15

WSLN Seminar 05/06/15

The Women in Sport Leadership Network Seminar with the theme: Determine the Change. Be Part of the Change was held on 5th June 2015 at the Protea Arcades Hotel.

The Seminar covered three key issues the results of our leadership survey, discussions on leadership ambitions and the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG).

The Seminar theme is adopted from the IWG 2014 – 2018 theme in order to promote the aims of the IWG to advance principles of the Briton + Helsinki Declaration and the resolution to motivate collective action of women in sport at Continental level.

Featured imageThe 20 participants of the seminar were leaders from sport Associations and Clubs, University Students, Media and Health practitioners.

The meeting was started off with welcome speech by NOWSPAR General Secretary, Ms. Lombe Mwambwa. The Executive Director of NOWSPAR, Ms. Matilda Mwaba explained about the Women in Sports Leadership Network as the second speaker. She encouraged the members to continue inspiring and motivating other women in their respective organizations by sharing what the network is doing with them.

Ms. Aya Noguchi

Ms. Aya Noguchi

NOWSPAR Project Assistant Ms. Aya Noguchi presented  the She Leads Survey 2015. This survey has been conducted by NOWSPAR since 2010 to track the number of females who are in decision-making position in sports. This data has also been contributed to the IWG Sydney Scoreboard that tracks participation of women sport leaders across the world.

Ms. Changu Siwawa who is the IWG Resource Mobilization Manager explained about IWG and IWG International Conference. IWG, International Working Group on Women and Sports, started in 1994 and the first conference was held in the United Kingdom (UK).

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In the session on Career ambitions, individual participants had time to think about their individual next 2 years career plan and share them with fellow participants. Everybody had unique and strong ambitions in their own fields. Following discussions, some some members were able to find potential partners who can motivate and support each other to achieve their own goals. NOWSPAR Executive Director Ms. Mwaba thanked the member for attending the important meeting in the closing. She further mentioned of the vacant Positions on the Board of the National Sports Council Zambia and encourage the women to contest the election.

Featured imageThe overall aim of IWG is to serve as catalyst for the advancement and empowerment of women globally. IWG Conference has been held every after 4 year. In 2018, the 7th IWG International Conference will be happening in Gaborone, Botswana. The Theme of 7th World conference will be: ‘’Determine the Future: be part of the Change’’. The Local organizing committee in Botswana has decided to invite 1,200

delegates which will be consisted of 400 from the hosting country Botswana, 500 from other African countries and 300 from rest of the world.

The Seminar participants resolved to mobilise as many women in sport as possible to participate in the Conference. It was also an opportunity for her to explain how she is working with the IWG through NOWSPAR as African representative. NOWSPAR has done oral and poster presentations at IWG International Conferences in 2010 in Sydney and 2014 in Helsinki.

Lastly she thanked Miss Changu Siwawa for coming to the meeting and adding more value by her presentation and discussion. Also she mentioned that this coming August, the IWG Co-Chair will be visiting Zambia.

At the Seminar members shared the events that their organisations are having including the Fundraising Dinner Gala by the Handball Association. Opportunities for media coverage and public engagement and information on Diabetes. Please see more images of our Seminar here.

The Network hosts quarterly activities, last quarter Network members participated in the Women’s Sports Day on 7th March. Here are some images from the Seminar in 2014.

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Zambia Judo Develops 8 Year Strategic Plan

Featured imageNOWSPAR Executive Director Ms. Mwaba attended the closing ceremony of the Zambia Judo Association Olympic Solidarity Program on 3rd of June, 2015 as a guest of honour.

The Judo association has completed three months strategic planning with International Judo Federation and came up with 8 years Judo Development Strategic Plan through Olympic Solidarity program which was supported by National Olympic Committee.

Ms. Mwaba who is NOWSPAR Executive Director and a Board member of the National Sports Council of Zambia commended the Association on their Plan. The main governmFeatured imageent concerns on sport that Associations are encouraged to address are 1) transparency and good governance  2) access to sports for all, 3) rewards and recognition, 4) sustainability and 5) gender inclusion.

National Olympic Committee has encouraged other associations to take this Olympic Solidarity Program to develop their own associations.

NOWSPAR at NCAA Inclusion Forum

IWG Panel at NCAA Inclusion Forum

IWG Panel at NCAA Inclusion Forum

The NCAA Inclusion Forum in La Jolla California, took place on 24th – 26th April, our Executive Director Ms. Matilda Mwaba who is Africa Representative to the IWG was presenting on NOWSPAR’s work.

She presented as part of the IWG Panel at the Forum, the Theme of the Panel was ‘Girls and Women’s Sports Progress: Around the World in 75 minutes’.

Panelists included Carole Oglesby, IWG Co-Chair, Etsuko Ogasawara, Japanese Association for Women in Sport, Kristina Thuree European Women in Sport and Susan Yee, Women and Sport Fiji.

 

The NCAA Inclusion Forum brings together intercollegiate athletics leaders passionate about improving the educational and professional environment for student-athletes, coaches and staff. Sessions engage on a broad range of topics related to policy, research and best practices for racial and ethnic minorities, women, international student-athletes, LGBTQ and disability-access to sport.’  NCAA.org

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!

 

6th World Conference on Women and Sport Started

IWG [Helsinki 12.06.14] Today the 6th World Conference on Women and Sport opened in Helsinki with the Chairperson of the IWG on Women and Sport Ms. Raila Matilla calling on all delegates to lead the change and be the change in line with the theme of the Conference.

 

IWG Speaking at the opening ceremony, President Tarja Halonen (Former President of Finland) highlighted the value that Finland has for sport and that despite the progress made, Finland is also battling with the challenge of gender inequality and that implementing positive policies can make contribute to progress.

 

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach informed the delegates that the International Olympic Committee still has a long way to go towards equality in women’s participation in leadership but that this can be changed. He said ‘To make real progress in our quest for gender equality and for open access to physical activity for women and girls worldwide, we need closer collaboration with governments, educational institutions, and the private sector’.

Over 800 delegates from governments, civil society, academic and sport institutions in over 100 countries have gathered in Helsinki for the Conference looking at women in sport in the context of policy, practice and research. The conference will also host the celebration of 20 years of the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport a key international framework that is the legacy of the first World Conference on Women and Sport.

 

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The Conference commenced with parallel regional meetings held in the morning, the Africa Region Meeting was chaired by Zambian Ministry of Sport and Youth Permanent Secretary Ms. Agness Musunga.

Speaking at the meeting, IWG Africa Representative and Director of NOWSPAR Matilda Mwaba urged the African delegates to seize the moment to federate the women in sport movement in Africa and to engage with the AU Sports Council Regional Structures.

The meeting also received presentations on the Botswana Declaration and action plan to address gender inequality in sport in AU Region 5 and the outcomes of the Dar es Salaam Africa Women in Sport Leadership Conference in Dec 2013.

 

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On Saturday 14th June, NOWSPAR Executive Director together with Norwegian Olympic Committee and the AU Sports Council Region 5 Secretariat will present a parallel session on partnerships addressing gender and sport policy.

Our participation at the Conference is supported by our partners Norwegian Olympic Committee, Women Win, Zambian Governance Foundation and the Government Ministry of Sport and Ministry of Education.

Follow the happenings on Twitter #IWGhelsinki and watch live streamed sessions here.

First two pictures source: IWG Flicker Stream.