By Lietta Jacob
The Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation today joined the rest of the world in celebrating International Women’s Day by acknowledging the contribution of Zimbabwean women in sport through a walkathon held today in Harare.
The walkathon was attended by delegates from the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation, Sports and Recreation Commission, female sports administrators and a few representatives from women sports clubs who walked from the ministry’s offices to First Street in Harare’s Central Business District.
In his address, the Deputy Minister for Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreating Honorable Tino Machakaire said it is the right of every women to be able to participate in sport.
“The provision of equal opportunity to participate and be involved in sport whether for the purpose of leisure and recreation, health promotion or high performance, is the right of every woman regardless of race, colour, religion, age, marital status or disability,” said Machakaire.
Honorable Machakaire went on to emphasize on the involvement of women in sport and other disciplines as guided by the Sports, Arts and Recreation policies aimed at promoting active lifestyles and to encourage formation of community clubs.
This year’s International Women’s Day is being held under the theme ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 pandemic #choose to challenge.’
“We just decided that today we should celebrate women in sports be it players or administrators, we appreciate the good work that they are doing in the development of sport, this whole month we will celebrate women in different sectors but for today we are celebrating women in sport,” said Ranson Madzamba, the Acting Director of Communication and Advocacy in the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation, Dr Thokozile Chitepo also pointed out the importance of women in societal development. She went on to encourage women’s participation in sport and recreation singling out the likes of Tanya Muzinda, Margaret Bangajena and Regina Jonga who will forever be remembered in sports history and not forgetting the Minister of Youth, Sports, Arts and Recreation Honorable Kirsty Coventry who made history at the Olympics.