NOWSPAR is Celebrating International Day of the Girl 2018!

October 11 2018 is the 7th annual International Day of the Girl, and NOWSPAR joins the rest of the world in taking action for girls.

The International Day of the Girl aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges that girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

NOWSPAR believes and invests in girls in and through sport. The organisation uses sport-based methodology to equip girls with sport and life-skills including financial literacy, knowledge about their rights, and development. International Day of the Girl is an opportunity for girls to celebrate their achievements, while staying informed on issues concerning their well-being, human rights, and safety.

This year, NOWSPAR will be supporting a series of community and school based activities around the country to commemorate the International Day of the Girl. Young women leaders will be supporting girls’ action at Chitukuko Primary School, Kapwelyomba Primary School, Woodlands Secondary School, in Lusaka, as well as schools in Chongwe, Kasisi, Ndola and Petauke Districts.

For more updates on NOWSPAR’s work during the International Day of the Girl, keep up with the organization on our website, www.nowspar.org, and follow us on Twitter @nowspar. #DayoftheGirl

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NOWSPAR Strategic Plan Begins

NOWSPAR launched its strategic planning process on Friday 13th September with a Visioning Workshop at which we explored our ideas and thoughts for our 2014-2017 strategic plan.

We are excited about this process as we have an opportunity of adapting and renewing ourselves as an organisation and to set some really amazing targets that will stretch us and impact sport and Zambia positively for girls and women.’ NOWSPAR Director Matilda Mwaba said.

This planning initiative is a process that NOWSPAR owns and is facilitated by Mr. Mumbuna Mweenda a consultant provided by the Zambian Governance Foundation as part of the Organisation Capacity Development support.

The process will engage various stakeholders from beneficiaries to funders, government and fellow civil society actors in and outside the sport community.

The plan is critical to managing ourselves and our work as it will provide a framework for our decision making and will articulate our ambitions for the period therefore providing opportunity for stakeholders to see how they can benefit from us or cooperate with us towards mutual targets.

Thandiwe Mumba- Documentation Officer

Thandiwe Mumba- Documentation Officer

 

Staff feedback about the process was positive:

I thought this was something done only by senior executives and managers, so I am happy that my voice is considered important as my work affects my life so I like it

‘This helped me assess my own values and personal mission and how this is connected to my professional life, I felt a sense of belonging and I am proud to help with figuring out the future of the organisation.’

At the front of everyone’s mind are issues of impact and sustainability, so we are committed to have clarity on these in the plan and that this will be consistent with our values.

It is anticipated that the plan will be ready for launch on the last day of our 2013 program year  this December; however this document will be kept dynamic with consistent monitoring and regular reflection on our progress and the strength of the decisions we make during this process.

The planning process is supported by our partners Norwegian Olympic Committee, Women Win and Zambian Governance Foundation.

Young Women in Judo Have Got the Power!

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

  1. There should be a code of conduct in the Associations for players and coaches to avoid discrimination and harassment
  2. There should be committees in the Clubs which young women can be a part of to enhance their involvement in decision making
  3. There should be a women’s Committee of the Executive Committee of the Zambia Judo Association to look into the affairs of women Judokas
  4. 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
  5. There should be awareness and training of men in Judo on human rights and gender based violence
  6. 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
  7. There should be more tournaments and workshops for women specifically to promote networking and completion opportunities
  8. 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