The National Organisation for Women in Sport Physical Activity and Recreation (NOWSPAR) is a Zambian Non-Governmental Organisation established in 2006. NOWSPAR is a membership organization comprised of women and men who believe that sport, physical activity and recreation have the power to foster social change and increase an individual’s quality of life. NOWSPAR advocates, educates, and increases participation of women and girls in sport. NOWSPAR believes that all people should have equal access to information, education and healthy lifestyle choices. NOWSPAR aims to encourage and promote engagement of women and girls in all areas, levels and abilities of physical activity, sport and recreation for fun and excellence.
Our overall goal is that ‘women and girls have access in all areas, levels and abilities in sport, physical activity, and recreation for fun and excellence‘. We advocate, educate, and increase participation of women and girls in sport.
Since establishment, we have received support from different funders to implement different projects. We are currently carrying out the following projects:
- Every Body Matters: The aim is to facilitate structural change and capacity to transform gender relations and practices among sport civil society and government to enhance women and girls rights to sport.
- Play Free: This is mainly focused on policy engagement among key stakeholders with the intended impact being increased participation of children and protection from harm.
- Goal:The aim of this program is to empower adolescent girls between the ages of 12 to 20 years through leadership skill building and financial literacy as one step in their process of economic empowerment.
- The Youth Sports Exchange Program (YSEP): Through this people-to-people exchange, this program gives youths involved in sports from different parts of the world an opportunity to learn, exchange and develop positive attitudes, new skills and a deeper understanding of African and Norwegian cultures in a way formal education is unable to do.
- SPORT FOR TOMORROW: an initiative of the Japanese government to promote sports to more than 10 million people in 100 nations between 2014 and 2020, the year when Tokyo will host the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. The goal is to spread values learned through s ports and increase awareness of the Olympic and Paralympic movement to people of all generations worldwide.
- Sheroes dream big project: to equip young women with employability skills using sport. It is will address the social-cultural issues that prevent women from reaching their full potential and limits their involvement in sports.
Our aim is to encourage and promote engagement of women and girls in all areas, levels and abilities in physical activity, sport and recreation for fun and excellence.
We promote women’s rights to and through sport.
- To equip the young women and girls with employability skills
- To equip the young women and girls with leaderships and to become leaders in their own communities.
- To provide opportunity for young women to become economically independent
- To establish a self-sustaining organization in which the network is always building to include more communities, organizations, and interactions between countries.
- To advocate for women and girls’ representation, participation, and leadership in sport, physical activity, and recreation.
- To educate and create awareness of the benefits of women and girls participation in sport, physical activity and recreation.
- To conduct research regarding gender equity, women and girl’s leadership development, sports administration, opportunities and barriers to women and girls participation in sport, physical activity and recreation.
- To increase opportunities for participation of women and girls in sport, physical activity and recreation both in schools and communities.
Advocacy and civic education
Education & awareness
Events and festivals
Equitable access to sport for women
Access to gender sensitive equipment and facilities
Promoting women’s livelihood through sport
Prevention of gender based violence and abuse
Enviromental conservation and sensitivity
Promoting sport for development approach
Women and Girls in Communities, Sports Association, Social and Recreation Clubs and Schools.
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