The International Working Group (IWG) on women and sport says one of its future ambitions is to have Africa Women and Sport forum by November this year where all African states will come together to work on plan which will help the continent be active in issues affecting women and sport. The group says in its latest annual report which covers the year of 2015 that it plans to increase Africa representation, participation and focus on African issues; to bring real issues to the table, analyse them together and develop policies that represent reality-based situations in the continent and also provide guideline for action to improve girls’ and women’s participation in sports. The IWG says, however, challenges that are faced include identifying structures, groups, organisations or institutions from other regions to work with; lack of cooperation by other structures like ANOCA and AWISA; and lack of resources for some individuals to attend the meetings.
IWG has made recommendations for needed action which are to support the development of a strategy and plan for the mobilization of African women to participate in such; to contribute to the direction of Women and Sport in Africa (WSA) in fulfilling the IWG principles as well as to promote the adoption and implementation of IWG declarations on Women and Sport in Africa as a whole. Ruth Maphorisa, who is the organisation’s Co-Chairperson, says a number of initiatives meant to promote women in sport were undertaken. She says the process of restructuring the Africa Women in Sports has already begun. “Over and above these, we have held several activities and initiatives locally that have helped educate and sensitise our communities on issues affecting women in sport. Engagement through workshops, round tables, conversations and conferences encouraged dialogue and research around issues of women in sport in Botswana,” she says. She says these has helped them to identify areas that need focus locally in order to inform and leave a legacy that is relevant to the current set up as well as influence the overall national strategic plan, Vision 2036.