On Saturday, 23 September 2018, NOWSPAR held a community event celebrating the organisation’s long-running Goal programme, a sport- and life-skills programme designed to facilitate the empowerment of adolescent girls and young women.
Reaching 345 girls and young women between the ages of 10 and 24, the event served as the launch of ‘Be Independent’. Be Independent is a new component of the Goal curriculum designed to contribute to enabling young women to develop skills to access income generating opportunities.
Dorcas Kashinda is one of participants who has developed to be a Goal Champion. She gave a speech at the launch event in which she thanked NOWSPAR, Standard Chartered Bank and everybody who showed continuous support of the girl child, for the opportunities Goal has created to empower girls.
“I stand here today as a living testimony of the impact that Goal has on girls’ lives.” Dorcas stated. “Through Goal, I have learned to be a confident girl and take up challenges I would otherwise never have thought of. Goal has enabled me and thousands of young girls to make informed decisions about our futures.”
The participants were also excited to have been a part of the event, expressing happiness and excitement about having learned about their power as young women. “The experience was great!” said 22 year-old Sharon Phiri. “I’ve learned a lot, especially about communication. Whenever you want to achieve something, it’s important to communicate your needs so that everybody can work together.”
Other young women were grateful to have been able to spend a day away from their every day community activities to spend time to think about and plan for their futures. Pauline Lungu, 15, said, “Being here means I’m not in the compound, where I would’ve have likely gotten into trouble. I’ve left a bad place to come to a good place.”
Pauline also added that she felt she’d taken a lot of useful content from the Goal lessons. “I’ll follow everything that I was taught at this event,” she said. “I’ve learned about cleanliness and teamwork. I’ve made some good friends, and I now know how to deal with different people.”
Officiating at the event were Ms. Grace Soko, a representative of the Ministry of Youth and Sport, and Guest of Honour Mr. Simon Kapilima, Zambia’s Ministry of Gender’s Assistant Director. Additionally, the girls’ and young women and NOWSPAR also received full support from partners, Standard Chartered Bank and Women Win, as well as representatives from the organisation’s own Board of Trustees.
Throughout the day, the girls participated in various sports-based life-skills sessions–sessions that have been successfully running in schools around the country since the program’s inception in 2014, handled by trained Facilitators from NOWSPAR that focused on Goal’s four core modules: Communication, Health and Hygiene, Rights, and Financial Literacy. Furthermore, the girls had the option of participating in either a Football or a Netball match, as the event’s main sporting activity. By day’s end, the event saw many satisfied and happy girls, armed with brand new, valuable, and life-changing knowledge and experiences.
NOWSPAR would like to thank our partners, the schools, and everyone that contributed to ensuring the success of the Community Event. The organisation continues to work on facilitating opportunities to reach and empower even more girls in communities throughout the country.
The She’s Got Power! Awareness workshop on Human Rights and Gender Based Violence was conducted on Sunday 16th October 2011 in Lusaka, Zambia. The Workshop brought together 20 young women from the Zambia Judo Association to engage with the issues of the right to sport, increasing participation and addressing harassment and abuse.
The workshop participants were drawn from Lusaka based clubs including Green Buffalos, Police, Zambia National Service, Zambia Army, Ippon and Central Sports Club. The workshop was officiated by the President of the Zambia Judo Association Mr. Alfred Foloko and NOWSPAR Executive Director Ms. Matilda Mwaba.
The She’s Got Power! Program is aimed at raising awareness of human rights among young women and equipping them with skills and information to address gender based violence and other gender issues.
The Workshop outcomes include increased awareness among female judo athletes, commitment by the Association leadership to implement adjustments and initiatives to address harassment and abuse in sport.
The workshop was facilitated by Ms. Matilda Mwaba, Ms. Lombe Mwambwa and Ms. Samantha Lukonde of NOWSPAR, issues covered included right to sport, motivation for women’s engagement in Judo, ambitions and plans, decision making, access to resources and harassment and abuse.
The workshop was conducted using group discussions, personal reflection, plenary session and role play.
The young women made the following recommendations, which they presented to the Judo Association president:
Recommendations of the Workshop on Human Rights and Gender Based Violence among female Judo athletes
- There should be a code of conduct in the Associations for players and coaches to avoid discrimination and harassment
- There should be committees in the Clubs which young women can be a part of to enhance their involvement in decision making
- There should be a women’s Committee of the Executive Committee of the Zambia Judo Association to look into the affairs of women Judokas
- There should be a strategy to make sure there is enough Judo Suites so that all players have a personal suit each to expand their options of training times and locations
- There should be awareness and training of men in Judo on human rights and gender based violence
- Leaders and coaches should not neglect issues raised by women as petty, all issues and ideas must be given due consideration in decision making and conflict resolution
- There should be more tournaments and workshops for women specifically to promote networking and completion opportunities
- There should be transport available for players to trainings and tournaments
Speaking after receiving the recommendations, Mr. Foloko said he was pleased that this workshop was a success and that the young women in Judo are speaking up, he reassured the participants that his Executive Committee would work hard to ensure the welfare of women was secured and their participation enhanced. “We won’t tolerate any harassment or human rights violations from any technical staff, executive members, coaches or players against the girls and women in Judo.”
In a vote of thanks, workshop participant Yolanda Said “Today is a special day, we have been reminded about our human rights and had a rare chance to freely talk about gender based violence. Mr. President, we look forward to your executive committee fulfilling the recommendations from this workshop. This workshop is enlightening as it has helped us discuss issues we keep quiet about that affect us. We look forward to more workshops and we thank NOWSPAR for their support. On behalf of the Judo Sheroes, thank you.”
The She’s Got Power! program is supported by the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport (NIF) and Women Win