South Africa: The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, in association with the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 will host the Women in Sport Conference.
Ten Member Countries in the Southern part of Africa will form part of the conference with the aim to increase the number of women occupying leadership positions in the Region from the current 20% to 40% by 2028.
The Gaborone Declaration captured the aspirations of the Region 5 Member States in terms of the work that needed to be done in advancing gender mainstreaming and the empowerment of women and girls in sports and physical activity.
A review will be undertaken, looking at the Gaborone Declaration with a determination to ascertain the extent to which the outcomes have been attained.
The event will further review the four pillars of the regional Action Plan, inclusive of developing strategies to deal with contemporary issues affecting women in the current and post Covid-19 periods (GBV, Economic prejudice, Non-Communicable Diseases), and to further develop a reviewed Regional Gender Action Plan (GAP) and Toolkit which will serve as a reference framework for the Member States.
The AUSC conference will also serve as a platform to empower women and prepare them to undertake leadership positions in sports and also mentor them in order to refine their leadership skills. The conference is scheduled to take place from 6 – 8 October 2022, and more details will be shared soon.