WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP IN ZAMBIAN SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS, UNIONS AND FEDERATIONS

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

As Zambian Gender Minister Victoria Kalima has said “There is need for women to continue to fight against negative traditional cultures, gender inequality and discrimination, the vices which are still a major obstacle to women’s full participation in leadership and the governance of nations[1].”

This study has investigated Women’s leadership in Zambian Sports Associations, Unions and Federations. It is as a result of NOSPAR’s interest and wishes to influence national policies on leadership in the sports arena in Zambia, and also both at local and international level. The study was conducted in Zambia with a target of 42 Zambian Sports associations, unions and federations.

The study’s findings show us that the number of all executive board/committee members (as of 2017) for all sports associations, unions and federations totalled up to 359 and out of the 359 members, only 28% was being represented by women while men had a representation of 72%. Therefore, the study found more men than women in the board/executive committee members of Sports Associations, Unions and Federations.

In terms of female general secretaries, from the year 2010 through 2017, there has been an interesting increase in the number of female general secretaries in sports associations, unions and federations. The year 2010 had 5% representation of female general secretaries, 2013 had 19%, 2015 had 21% and 2017 has seen an increase to 32%.