Liseli Manjata 9 year old.
Picture by Lombe Mwambwa
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
Mbachi Nyirenda, Goal Facilitator
Pic by T. Mwale
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.
Celine Nair- Country Head Legal and Company Secretary SCB Zambia
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.
Mutumboi Mundia – Director Market Supervision and Development SEC Zambia
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.
Please find more pictures for this event here