The Zimbabwe Olympic Committee (ZOC) has reaffirmed its commitment to empowering the girl child by partnering a local charitable organization, Tambai Zimbabwe, through the Women and Girls Empowerment Sports (WAGES) Festival.
By SportBrief Reporter
The festival will be held today at the Girls’ High School Hall from 11am-12.30pm.
The WAGES Festival is a sporting event that will, this year, be running for its 4th consecutive year and will draw participants from schools, community clubs, tertiary institutions, mines, farms and uniformed services across the country.
The festival is essentially a package of sport participation, fitness activities, information dissemination, education and awareness about gender based violence (GBV), healthy living, Olympic Values, anti-doping, HIV/AIDS, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), and the rights of women and girls.
And this year, ZOC has partnered the festival as it throws its weight behind the event in support of its noble cause.
“As part of their support, the ZOC has agreed to bring a top Zambian female sports administrator, Brenda Chipande, who is also Executive Director of the Zambia National Olympic Committee, to present a research thesis titled ‘Gender-based violence in Zambian Sport: Prevalence and Prevention’ that she wrote towards her Masters in Sport Science with the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences,” read part of a press statement released by Tambai Zimbabwe, the festival’s organisers.
ZOC CEO Anna Mguni confirmed the development, adding that the organization has long been in support of the girl child.
“The ZOC has always been in the forefront of living the gospel of female empowerment through sports as can be seen by the top positions females have occupied within ZOC over years.
“Busi Chindove was for many years Vice President of the ZOC Board and now we have Olympian Kirsty Coventry also in the same capacity, this is over and above many other initiatives aimed at strengthening the position of women through our Women in Sport Commission.”
“So when Tambai Zimbabwe invited us on board we felt the need to complement their efforts by bringing in Brenda to particularly address the issue of gender based violence in sport, an issue that is at the centre of our increasing efforts to help create a safe and secure environment in sport,” added Mguni.
Melody Gondo, Tambai Zimbabwe Board of Trustees representative and Vice Chairperson of the WAGES Festival Committee, showed her appreciation to ZOC for bringing in Brenda to the Festival.
“We are very grateful to ZOC for responding to our call to partner us around the WAGES Festival by bringing in Brenda all the way from Zambia. Her knowledge and experience on gender based violence will help attract the attention of duty bearers, policy makers and opinion leaders so that measures are enacted to address the issue,” said Gondo.
Melody added that the support of ZOC would help expand the festival’s reach.
“The coming in of ZOC will also bring to the fore, years of effort we have invested in making the WAGES Festival the ‘go to’ platform that every woman and girl in Zimbabwe would like to attend and be associated with.”