Survey on Women Leadership

Ms. Aya Noguchi

Ms. Aya Noguchi

The results of our 2015 Women in Sport Leadership Survey are ready and unfortunately they do not look too good.

The results were presented at the Women’s Sport Leadership Network Seminar by Ms. Aya Noguchi who led the Survey exercise for the 2015 edition.

Unfortunately, the percentage of female Board Member has declined 9% since 2014. The result shows that there is a big gap between men and women in decision making positions in sports. Even though some of the organisations have made effort to promote women at leadership position, the progression has not resulted in change to meet national policy requirements for at least 30% representation.

‘With this set of data, there is an opportunity for us to ask more questions and research further to find out what is happening.’ Ms. Noguchi said.  NOWSPAR conducts this survey to establish the extent to which women are being represented on the boards of National Sports Federations.

Over the years, the trend has been that leadership among women in Sports federations has been generally low. This year’s survey was comprised of 29 sports federations. Read more here to see the data and compare with past survey.


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.

Women in Sport Leadership Network Meeting Kicks Off

She Leads

The Women in Sport Leadership Network kick-Off meeting will be held under the theme: Lead the Change. Be the Change and will bring together up to 20 women in sport from government, Sports Association and Civil Society for a half day meeting to deliberate on sport and leadership on Friday 3rd May 2013 at the National Sports Development Centre. The objectives of the Meeting:

  1. To introduce the Network to the participants and to get their input on for future activities
  2. To share the results of our tracking survey on women in sport leadership
  3. To provide a platform for multi-stakeholder focus on women’s engagement in leadership
  4. To gain insight on some of the needs of women in sport leadership
  5. To celebrate the women in sport leadership

Media are invited for the first part  of the meeting at 14:00 – 14:30 hrs.

The findings of our 2013 survey on women’s participation in leadership in sport shows that there is still a very low participation of women on boards of National Sports Associations in Zambia. Some data we have collected shows us that:

  • Out of the 33 National Sport Associations Surveyed, there are 306 Executive Committee Members and only 77 of these are women- a mere 39%
  • Only 8 out of the 33 National Sports Associations Surveyed have a female president
  • Only 2 out of the 13 Board Members of the National Olympic Committee of Zambia are women
  • National Association Boards have an average of 2 out of 13 female members

Our program called ‘She Leads’ is targeted at addressing this situation. The programme has three parts which combine advocacy, awareness, capacity development, networking, research and education. The programme is targeted at women and youth at all levels of sport, both recreation and professional sport. The programme aims at addressing gender inequality in and through sport by creating a mass of women and sports institutions that are responsive to the gendered lives of women and take relevant steps towards mainstreaming.

The program is delivered in three parts:

          I.            She Leads is a Campaign to raise awareness on the limited participation of girls and women in Sport Leadership. The campaign includes research activities, advocacy, media and public awareness.

II.            Leadership Score Card is a monitoring project to track the changes in women’s participation in sport leadership. The project is the legacy of the 5th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport held in Sydney, 2010. Every year we highlight the changes and use this information to inform our advocacy.

III.            The Women in Sport Leadership Network is a multi-stakeholder platform convened by NOWSPAR for women and girls in or aspiring for leadership in sport. The Network activities include capacity development, mentoring, advocacy and awareness forums.

Ms. Mwaba, Executive Director of NOWSPAR said ‘we want to see the women in sport to be the leaders of change in the sport community to be the role models of positive leadership.  We are committed to getting women engaged in leadership, not just to meet quota targets but to make a difference towards challenging the gender norms that have for a long time been barriers to women’s rights to decision making.

We have adopted the theme Lead the Change, Be the Change which is the theme of the IWG 6th World Conference on Women and Sport to be held in Helsinki, Finland in 2014. NOWSPAR’s Ms. Mwaba is a member of the IWG Steering Committee as co-opted member expert on Africa.

The Women in Sport Leadership Network is a NOWSPAR initiative implemented under our Every Body Matters II Programme with the support of the Nowergian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sport (NIF).

Female Participaton on Sport Boards Drops

The NOWSPAR 2012 ‘She Leads Survey’ has found that the percentage of female board members on National Sport Associations in Zambia has slightly decreased since 2010. There has been a decrease in the number of  associations represented by 50% or more women. And an increase of 12% in the number of  associations without any female members. Read more about these findings here: SHE LEADS