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.’

Localised Goal Event in Kalingalinga

Featured imageA Localised Goal Event was held on the 21 April 2015 at Kalingalinga St Francis parish with 50 participants girls between the ages 12 to 20.

The girls gained information on health, rights, mapping resources through the games Hygiene Tag, My Rights and My Community. The girls asked questions on how to take care of their bodies, how many times they should bath as girls and also how to take care of themselves during their menstrual periods. The girls also played 2 games from be money savvy; going to the bank and Zig zag saving. The girls were very excited about learning about the bank.

“I will start saving my money in the bank”, said one of the girls

The participants were also interviewed by Muvi Television Presenter Siphiwe Mpanza who asked the girls what they learnt from the event and how they will use the knowledge they got from the event.

During the interview one of the participants said “I learnt how to take care of myself and also about the importance of saving money and going to the bank”. Another participant said that “I did not know a lot about the bank now I know, I will start going to the bank”

See pictures of the Event here.

16 Days Activism on GBV: Equiping The Activists

GroupOur Project Leaders Mofu Kandondo and Fatima Tembo today ran a Forum for Goal Facilitators on GBV as part of preparations for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence taking place on 25th November to 10th December 2014.

The Forum focused on addressing the role of Girls Sport leaders as activists through their daily action of overcoming gender barriers and stereotypes that prevail in sport and also by deliberately working on girls’ empowerment through delivery of the Goal Program.

I am proud to be able to share information that can affect the life of another girl positively through the Goal sessions that we do in the schools.’ Dorica

Goal Leaders- Bwalya,The Forum covered information on the 16 Days Campaign, sport and how it can contribute to addressing GBV as well as safeguarding sport participants from harm within the context of sport. Participants shared their experiences of GBV in their communities, families and the sport context.

‘This is very helpful for me, as I am now able to recognise that what was happening to me was violence and I have a right to not be treated that way.’ Shalom

ASession 2 major theme during the Forum was breaking the silence on GBV, participants identified silence as a barrier to prevention and response to GBV in our communities. Silence about sexual and reproductive health matters, gender inequality and silence on GBV occurances.

Speaking at the Forum, NOWSPAR General Secretary Lombe Mwambwa emphasised the significance of telling stories. ‘Consciously telling our stories to ourselves and to others is important to our role as leaders. Being able to do so will contribute to our ability to tell other girls’ and women’s stories with empathy and respect.

The participants were introduced to the Digital Story Telling approach as a tool for advocacy, for telling stories and stimulating conversations when these stories are shared but also for the platform that the process provides to individuals to tell their own stories.

SessionAdvocacy involves speaking out against harm and for one’s rights of those of others. The advocate therefore has a responsibility to be aware of themselves and their environment and to ensure they do not cause harm by staying silent or by the way they speak on behalf of the others.

The 23 Forum participants included Goal Facilitators and Coaches from the 2014 program as well as some newly recruited Facilitators who will be part of the team delivering Goal next year.

Goal Leaders are participating in campaign activities including media programs, running debates in schools and participating in Digital Story Telling Workshops.

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!


Shepolopolo: scoring football and personal goals

Women's Football Team

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.


One of the players asking Fatima a question

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.



SessionThe 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.


Tech Team


Suggestions for topics for discussion in the next workshop include communication, conflict resolution and rights.

Read more about the African Women Championship here and follow us on Twitter @nowspar for updates on how the Team will be getting on.