Celebrating UN Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2015

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace was celebrated around the world on 6th April 2015. ‘In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 6 April as the International Day of Sports and Physical Activity, to celebrate the contribution of sports and physical activity to education, human development, healthy lifestyles and a peaceful world.’ UNESCO

NOWSPAR participated in this commemoration in two ways, media discussions and a sports event for girls.

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Mofu and Maketo at Metro FM – UNDSDP

We featured on a Live Radio Program on Metro FM on Wednesday 1st April, where our Advocacy Officer Ms. Mofu Kandondo and Project Assistant Ms. Maketo N’gombe discussed the Goal Program and how sport contributes to girls’ empowerment and development.

This year NOWSPAR is reaching 2,500 girls and young women with sport activities and leadership skills. By doing regular sport and life skills practice, girls will be fit and healthy and able to take on leadership roles.

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On Tuesday 7th April our General Secretary Ms. Lombe Mwambwa was Live on Muvi TV discussing the Role of Sport NGOs in Zambia. Themes covered include advocacy issues, leadership, fair pay in sport, governance and policy framework of sport in Zambia.

Sport NGOs in Zambia have contributed to the innovative methodology of community engagement and empowerment. Through programmes such as Goal, girls and young women access rights information and skills such as Financial Literacy which they would likely not have had if not doing sport.‘ She said.

There are several Sport NGOs in Zambia, last year, during Zambia’s Jubilee Celebrations, a Sports Festival was hosted with the support of the Nowergian Olympic Committee and the National Sports Council of Zambia to showcase sport’s role in national development.

The 10th of April was more physically active as we hosted a Goal Event at the Olympic Youth Development Centre led by our Goal Project Intern Ms. Mirriam Nanyinza.

Goal at OYDCThere were 51 girls between the ages 12 – 20 years from 10 sports codes (judo, hockey, basketball, volleyball, handball, badminton, taekwondo, netball, tennis and swimming clubs based at the OYDC).

During the event, three topics were covered,  Peace, Hygiene and Making Money, the session was lively and the girls said they enjoyed playing and learning the various skills from the games.

I enjoyed the game on making money, atleast now I have an idea on how I can make money to use at break time at school.” said Liya Mbila.

I have learnt how to work together with my teammates and how to solve problems when I argue with my mates”, said Tina Moonga a 14 year old Volleyballer.

During the sessions some girls also had the opportunity to settle their differences with their friends: “I am glad Esther and I are friends again”, said Stacey Banda. They were able to open up and confront each other without fighting.

The UN Day on Sport for Development and Peace is a global platform to promote and advance the role of sport in addressing global issues. Read more about the day and what organizations around the world are doing and you can download a Report by the International Olympic Committee on the Contribution of Sport to Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Agenda.

Last year, NOWSPAR participated in a Sport NGO Exhibition hosted by the OYDC on the first ever UNDSDP. NOWSPAR’s information stand provided information about the role of sport in girls’ empowerment and the challenges that sport is used to address such as protection from violence, limited access to reproductive health information and access to physical activity and play for girls.

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Activities at Miracle Disabled Group in George Compound

[By Ms. Aya Noguchi, Lusaka] Goal Localised Event and Kicking AIDS Out Sessions were held in George Compound on 23rd of March, I had some discussions with members of Miracle Disabled Group to learn more about their work. NOWSPAR have been working with Miracle Disabled Group since 2012 as one of NOWSAR’s chapter as well as social inclusion program with handicapped people through sports.

Featured imageGeorge Compound is located on the North Western side of Lusaka, where is one of the places that many handicapped people are gathered because of low accommodation fee and living expenses. Miracle Disabled Group consists of more than 300 members both elderly and young men and women with varied ranged of age between 12 years old and 60 years old. The main purposes of the organisation are lobbying and advocating for development and implementation of policies of protection of handicapped people as well as engaging civil society in their activities.

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NOWSPAR has supported the group in ensuring that they have a sustainable sports structure that gives everybody in the community an opportunity to participate sports and physical activities and received some benefits from them. Sports and physical activities haveempowered member of Miracle Disabled Group and given them energy and socialize opportunities.

NOWSPAR had opportunities to conduct informal interviews with Ms. Bernadette Mindeo who is General Secretary of Miracle Disabled Group and two young male participants from community based football team, who were in the Kicking AIDS Out program.

Featured imageInterview to Ms. Bernaddette Mindeo

Ms. Mindeo demonstrated her application to NOWPAR’s support to her organization. She mentioned that NOWSPAR has brought energy and motivation to handicapped people. For them, it is very difficult to create new networking and socialize with people from outside of their community. Therefore when NOWSPAR conFeatured imageducts some activities, those handicapped people get opportunities to meet new people and create new networking with people from outside. She also explained how much sports have benefited to their life. Sports create opportunities for them to be included in their community and society. They are able to enjoy watching sports activities and playing some sports such as Netball, Volleyball, Football, Chess and Darts with other community members who don’t have handicap. These opportunities have empowered handicapped people and provided them better life. Since NOWSPAR has supported them to become sustainable organization, our supports are flexible according to their projects. NOWSPAR believes that whether people are disabled or not, everybody with passionate about changing their community better, can become good community leaders and sports has power to move forward the initiative.

Ms. Mindeo participated in the Digital Story Telling project by NOWSPAR and WomenWin listen to her story here.

Interviews to two young male participants from Kicking AIDS Out program

Two participants demonstrated high interest to become facilitators of Kicking AIDS Out. They are also member of community-based men’s football team. They are looking for an opportunity to make positive impact on their community. He explained that there are a lot of graduated young men Featured imagewho can’t find any job opportunity. They have been empowered by the people from Miracle Disabled Group and how much influence they have been given by handicapped people. They believe that they can do a lot more for people in the community as the 40 years old handicapped lady has given through sports. They were guided to discuss with Ms. Mindeo from Miracle Disabled Group as well as NOWSPAR representative for future support possibilities. Ms. Mideo also showed some interests to work with group of young men and encouraged them to create a women’s football team in their club. This is one of the model cases how handicapped women encouraged young non-handicapped men to become community leaders through sports.

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Financial Literacy Week: Goal Activities

NOWSPAR has lined up a series of three (3) Financial Literacy sessions as part of the Goal program in three places namely Kalingalinga, Garden and Makeni. The sessions are focusing on financial literacy to commemorate Financial Literacy week which is from the 13th to the 19th of March 2015. The main life skills being explored are the art of saving, challenges to saving, budgeting and ways of making money.

The first session was held on 17th March 2015 in Kalingalinga with 31 girls aged between 9 and 18 of age of the EduSport Kalingalinga Sport Club who participate in Netball and Football teams were engaged in a group discussion and question and answer style of session. The participants gave information on what they already knew on the topics outlined and most of them seem to be well informed were making money and saving was concerned.

UntitledWhen I see that my mother has no money to give me to buy new clothes for Show Time [A Youth Variety Show], I start collecting pieces of cloth from tailoring shops and make door mats which I then sell and save the money till its enough for me to get the clothes I want” said Hope, a participant.

Other examples on how the girls make money included selling guavas which grow in most back yards, plaiting hair and freezing water in plastics for sell.

The participants however were not so familiar with the art of budgeting. The NOWSPAR team conducting the session played movement games that enforces this life skill and had a discussion to reinforce information and respond to questions.

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…most of the times when I have money, I just go to the market and buy the things I see and I like but then when I get home I regret and wish that I still had my money .” Said Catherine, a 16 years old Netballer.

After all the games and discussions the girls were asked to reflect on their personal lives and see how they can improve the way they spend and the importance of saving from the little money they come across.

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Professional Sport in Zambia: Where are the Women?

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Our General Secretary Ms. Lombe Mwambwa was a guest on the Sunrise Show on Muvi TV this morning to discuss the participation of women in professional sport in Zambia.

Professional Sport in Zambia: Professional sport is sport that is organised in a structure where athletes engage in sport as a form of paid employment. For a profession to exist and function, one needs the structures and systems of training the potential employees and we need institutions to hire them and provide profitable work and these institutions must be engaged in activity that is sustainable and other elements that are supportive including regulation and promotion.

In the case of sport, we would need our education institutions and training facilities for sport to be aligned to this purpose, sports clubs will need to run as businesses that employ athletes and can provide sustainable income to them. At present sport is run as voluntary institutions that employ staff in some cases but barely employs athletes.’

Where are the Women?: There are barely any women in professional sport in Zambia, there are however, some Zambian women who are professional sports persons but often they are employed outside Zambia. Professional sport in Zambia is underdeveloped and so there are few opportunities for both men and women to engage with sport in this way. These opportunities are mainly for men because the clubs that employ athletes are men’s sports clubs. These are mainly football and boxing. ‘Engaging in professional sport in Zambia is precarious even for men, because this is a field of industry that is barely integrated in our economic and business sector.

To get into professional sport, one needs to have achieved a level of expertise in their sport and this is dependent on their entry into sport and what support services they have available to them including training and exposure to recruitment platforms such as agents and scouting services.

A large number of women and girls drop out of sport at a stage when they need to invest more time and resources into developing towards professional participation. One of the contributing factors is the limited opportunities for professional practice of sport. So women play as long as they can and then they leave to focus on developing their employeability in non-sport parts of the economy.

Gender stereotypes that undervalue women in sport are a major barrier, consider the case of football, the gap in financial and emotional investment that goes into the men’s national team versus that which goes into the women’s national team demonstrates this.

Actively investing in the professionalization of sport will provide an opportunity for expanding employment opportunities for a part of the Zambian demographic, young adults, which is in desperate need of income. It will also contribute to linkages to other service industries and most importantly, enable a chance for those who would want to earn a living doing sport. By making sport professional, the institutional arrangements will be clearer and if done in a gender sensitive way, can provide equitable opportunities for men and women.

Why sport is important for women: Sport is important for women’s well being, for everyone’s well being. ‘If you look at the human body, we are designed to move and so keeping active is such as huge part of our lives. Our well being is dependent on a balance of work and leisure. Sport provides a regular and organised format for us to have physically active recreation and play, contributing to health and social connection.’

Getting more women involved in sport: ‘Getting more women participating in sport in general will require a cultural adjustment in order to have our society recognising women being physically active and sporty as normal.’ We need as a nation to invest in public spaces for physical activity, we should increase public understanding and appreciation of sport and physical activity and address our social perceptions that negatively impact on what activities women can engage in or not.

Goal Event on International Day of the Girl Child

GoalPaxIDGCOver 300 adolescent girls gathered at the Olympic Youth Development Centre to participate in our Goal Event in celebration of International Day of the Girl Child on 11th October 2014. The Theme ‘Empowering Adolescent Girls: Breaking the Cycle of Violence’ reflects the aim of the Goal Program that has sessions covering financial literacy, prevention of violence, rights and health.

The Goal Event participants were drawn from various sports associations including Handball, Volleyball, Basketball, Hockey, Martial Arts, Boxing, Football among others.

 

 

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During the day, various sport stakeholders visited the event including the Ministry of Sport Permanent Secretary, IOC International Development officer, President of the National Olympic Committee and Patron of the Tuelings Award.

Goal Program was recognized and awarded a trophy for the Best Program on Youth Empowerment at the Tuelings Awards held on the same day by the Olympic Youth Development Centre.

Speaking at the Ceremony, OYDC Executive Director Mr. Clement Chileshe said the Goal Program was important to meeting the needs of young people and to the fulfillment of the mission of the OYDC.

 

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During the week leading up to the event several media discussions were held discussing the role of sport in girls empowerment, how Goal works and to highlight the IDGC Goal Event.

NOWSPAR staff were featured on News programs, Talk Shows, Sport Programs and Magazine programs in English, Lozi, Bemba and Tonga on National TV, national and community radio stations.

 

 

 

GoalPaxCertificatesNOWSPAR is supported by Women Win and Standard Chartered to deliver Goal and this year has reached over 1,000 adolescent girls in schools and sports clubs.

6th World Conference on Women and Sport Started

IWG [Helsinki 12.06.14] Today the 6th World Conference on Women and Sport opened in Helsinki with the Chairperson of the IWG on Women and Sport Ms. Raila Matilla calling on all delegates to lead the change and be the change in line with the theme of the Conference.

 

IWG Speaking at the opening ceremony, President Tarja Halonen (Former President of Finland) highlighted the value that Finland has for sport and that despite the progress made, Finland is also battling with the challenge of gender inequality and that implementing positive policies can make contribute to progress.

 

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach informed the delegates that the International Olympic Committee still has a long way to go towards equality in women’s participation in leadership but that this can be changed. He said ‘To make real progress in our quest for gender equality and for open access to physical activity for women and girls worldwide, we need closer collaboration with governments, educational institutions, and the private sector’.

Over 800 delegates from governments, civil society, academic and sport institutions in over 100 countries have gathered in Helsinki for the Conference looking at women in sport in the context of policy, practice and research. The conference will also host the celebration of 20 years of the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport a key international framework that is the legacy of the first World Conference on Women and Sport.

 

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The Conference commenced with parallel regional meetings held in the morning, the Africa Region Meeting was chaired by Zambian Ministry of Sport and Youth Permanent Secretary Ms. Agness Musunga.

Speaking at the meeting, IWG Africa Representative and Director of NOWSPAR Matilda Mwaba urged the African delegates to seize the moment to federate the women in sport movement in Africa and to engage with the AU Sports Council Regional Structures.

The meeting also received presentations on the Botswana Declaration and action plan to address gender inequality in sport in AU Region 5 and the outcomes of the Dar es Salaam Africa Women in Sport Leadership Conference in Dec 2013.

 

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On Saturday 14th June, NOWSPAR Executive Director together with Norwegian Olympic Committee and the AU Sports Council Region 5 Secretariat will present a parallel session on partnerships addressing gender and sport policy.

Our participation at the Conference is supported by our partners Norwegian Olympic Committee, Women Win, Zambian Governance Foundation and the Government Ministry of Sport and Ministry of Education.

Follow the happenings on Twitter #IWGhelsinki and watch live streamed sessions here.

First two pictures source: IWG Flicker Stream.

 

Upholding the Integrity of Sport Workshop

NSCZNOWSPAR is pleased to announce the Workshop on Sport Governance that will take place this Friday 17th May in Lusaka under the theme ‘Upholding the Integrity of Sport’.

Over the years, we have learnt that the issues we advocate around including low engagement of women in leadership, vulnerability to harassment and abuse and inequitable resource allocation among others are upheld in part by weak governance structures that do not provide support and accountability for the best interest of sport stakeholders.

In partnership with the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) the lead statutory governing body of sport in Zambia, we are holding a Workshop to engage National Sport Governing Bodies/Sport Associations on sport governance.

The Workshop will be opened by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sport, key conversations will be on creating a shared understanding of sport governance, the structures and systems, issues of integrity and the role of governance. We will discuss the results of our 2013 She Leads! Survey  on women and sport leadership and proposed Guiding Principles on Sport Governance. This platform will also provide us with critical insights on policy and practice affecting safety and protection from harassment and abuse and the gender imbalance in leadership of sport.

Expected outcomes are recommendations to various stakeholders for development, consensus on the next steps in developing better sport governance, adoption of governance standards and a commitment to work towards them.

This initiative is being delivered at a time when good governance is a national and international priority. For instance, at the 5th Commonwealth Sports Ministers’ Meeting in Delhi in 2010 [At which Zambia was present] Ministers resolved unanimously that ‘all national sporting bodies should adopt internationally accepted good governance principles, as Sports development is a public service. Ministers further emphasized that transparency and accountability by adopting good governance principles would be the appropriate way to secure and protect the autonomy of sport.

The meeting of the Task Force on Gender and Sport led by the Ministry of Sport held in February 2013 in Lusaka agreed that ‘weak sport governance is a major barrier to gender mainstreaming in sport and recommended that this should be addressed urgently.’

We are aware of the complexity and political dynamics of governance issues in sport and are thus cautious that this process will not be an end in itself but is a process to initiate engagement of sport leaders on governance issues.

Keeping governance on the agenda and action priorities will require the close collaboration of various stakeholders, both state and non-state actors in and outside sport.

We are undertaking this work with the support of the Zambian Governance Foundation, the Nowergian Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Women Win and the Government of the Republic of Zambia.