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Women in Sport Conference takeaways Part 1

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The Sport and Recreation Commission in partnership with Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) recently conducted a one day conference dubbed ‘Conference for Women in Sport ‘.

Themed Empowering Women through Sport and Recreation,  the event attended by delegates drawn from various sectors of the economy was a mouthful imbued with nuggets of information that can liberate women from economic, social, or political restrictions.

By Tongai Mwenje 

Director of Sport Development and Promotion within the Ministry of Sport and Recreation, Mrs Eugene Chidhakwa touched on six fundamental principles that can catapult women to top position.

Here are the 6 key principles;

1.  BUILD THE PIPELINE

Recruit Women: data base of ready women: aids succession; don’t put them in position they are not ready for: support and provide developmental experiences for the new role.
•Build opportunities for women to be promoted to higher levels: the higher you go, the less women you encounter.
•Share Information: being vocal can bring about change: question policies and practices and build into regular accountability.
•Seek out females: the sisterhood must ensure other women are pushed up: make it easy for other women to make progress: support, facilitate.
•Mentor: giving back to others; reverse mentorship (who are the younger women you can learn from).

  • Peer to peer (same level)

2. Nurture Your Network 

Host Meetings: Bring women together, frequently on formal and informal basis: diversify range of women: connect using different medium
•Attend events: participate and connect; build your social capital; make time for informal events: be on the social radar where you will be omitted from discussions and decisions (golf);connect more broadly and challenge yourself to connect with people.
•Stay in touch: schedule the time, make the effort; maintain dialogue and build into your communication plan.
•Know the Threshold Effect: (McKinsey 2007): 3/10 women
needed at Board level to ensure women/marginalised are
effectively heard. At least 30% women needed on a committee
to make a notable impact

3. BE VISIBLE AND BE INVOLVED

Become a Board Member.
•Challenge yourself -Take a course, Volunteer, apply –push yourself
•Speak up –learn issues, connect with people; discuss realities
•Join a nominating team –get on relevant committees that make decisions: seek women candidates: once women are put on committees, support and encourage them

4. CELEBRATE GIRLS AND WOMEN

Value your contribution
Support women
Celebrate women: nominate for awards (women of influence list); acknowledge nominees: create awards and honours: create women events:
Express gratitude –say thank you IN GENERAL: to women who have helped you

5. Have the KFC attitude

  •   K-Know what you want in life
    •F-Find out what you want to have in your life
    •C-Change what you are doing in order to get what you want

6. ADOPT THE 3 THINGS STATUS

Three things in life that, once gone will never come back
TIME, WORDS, OPPORTUNITY
•Three things in life that can destroy a person
ANGER, PRIDE, UNFORGIVENESS
•Three things in life that you should never lose
HOPE, PEACE, HONESTY
Three things that make a person
COMMITMENT, SINCERITY, AND HARDWORK
Three things that are truly constant
THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

Look out for the Women in Sport Conference takeaways Part 2 where will look at the benefits of Sport and Recreation and Narrowing the discrimination gap for women sport as career, the opportunities and challenges.

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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