Women in sport lobby for leadership positions

By Anashe Murombedzi
THE Women Sports leadership Academy (WSLA) has stepped up efforts to capacitate women in sports governance in order to eliminate leadership inequalities in the industry.
In most sports organisations, men are highly profiled and occupy influential positions, including leading female sport codes.
Women have often found it difficult and are marginalised to compete in male dominated fields, getting rare consideration for sports management and governance.
Beyond inequalities, women have rose to be equipped with valuable skills after the Women Sports Leadership Academy organised a training programme for women from various sport codes to develop their leadership skills.
“Women in sport face a challenge in limited opportunities to develop their leadership skills to organise sport, there are some inequalities on women being excluded and marginalised in leadership and governance of sport so we support women to have confidence to be leaders for Sports organisations and governance. The initiative is set to broaden networking and develop sport from the grassroots,” said Lombe Mwamba, WSLA programme facilitator.
“It is a great opportunity for us as women to come and discuss issues that affect us leaders in sports so we hope for a broader network to develop others from the grassroots and empower development,” said Ivy Mukahanana, Secretary Kadoma City Football club.
The Women Sports Leadership Academy is working in partnership with the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee and Women for Women to develop sport without looking at gender as a barrier.

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