Zim women for AUSC leadership seminar

Two local women sports administrators Sarah Charakupa and Pamela Musekiwa have been chosen to be part of the 20 women from the African Union Sports Council (Ausc) Region 5 to participate in the inaugural Women Leadership Programme (WLP) in South Africa this weekend.

The two-day all-sport seminar that will be held in conjunction with The Association For International, Sport-for-All (Tafisa) is scheduled to run in Johannesburg on March 22 and 23 running under the theme “Empower One, Empower Multitudes” seeks to empower women to be leaders in sport.

The objective is to increase the number of women occupying leadership positions in sport in the region from the current 20 percent to 40 percent by 2028, according to the research study that was conducted in 2007.

Ausc Region 5 chief executive Stanley Mutoya said: “The smart partnership with a global giant like Tafisa serves to endorse the credibility and trajectory of the Ausc Region 5 in the area of sports development and investment in human capital, specifically in physical activity and women empowerment,” he said.

“A healthy lifestyle among the 177 million citizens of this region easily translates to socio-economic dividends which contribute immensely towards upliftment of the standard of living within all the participating Member Countries.” The trainers will also be expected to train and facilitate mentorship of  young women leaders between the ages of 18 and 35 years in each of their respective countries, translating to a total of two hundred (200) women trained every year. 

The multiplier effect of the programme however, aims to train and mentor a total of 2 000 women leaders between 2019 and 2028, who will lead Sport for All and gender mainstreaming mentorship programmes in their own countries together helping to build a network of women leaders in sport in the region.

Participants for this inaugural seminar are drawn from Ausc Region 5 Member Countries: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia. South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe taking two representatives in each country.

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