By Isaac Salima:
Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) has said well-trained women can play a key role in the management of sports activities.
Speaking at Lotus Hotel in Blantyre when 22 women graduated after attending a sports leadership diploma course on Sunday, MNCS acting Executive Secretary Sherperd Boma urged the women to be exemplary and support each other if they are to fulfil their role.
“We have a huge gap in women leadership and we congratulate you for reaching this far. However, what you should know is that leadership is about serving others and not being pompous.
“Qualifications are nothing if you do not have a personality that inspires others. Social capital is important in life,” Boma said.
Women Leadership Programme and Sport for All Malawi Chapter President Zione Ntaba said the course is part of a 10-year programme that Africa Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 introduced in 2018.
“The programme runs in partnership with the Association for International Sports for All and aims at fighting marginalisation of women from sports leadership and decision-making positions.
“The programme targets women aged between 18 and 35. By the year 2028, we expect to train at least 200 of them,” Ntaba said.
One of the graduates Maggie Chombo-Sadiki hailed MNCS for equipping them with knowledge.
“We have many women who are eager to take part in sports administration but they lack capacity. So, the training has come at the right time,” Chombo- Sadiki said.
The course was in response to gaps which findings in the 2013 baseline survey revealed that most women are being sidelined in leadership positions.
AUSC had arranged for the course to be taking place every year in all its 10 member countries but this did not materialise due to the Covid pandemic.