INF signs IWG declaration

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 11 July 2017   |   By Ontametse Sugar
INF President Molley Rhone [R] and Ruth Maphorisa INF President Molley Rhone [R] and Ruth Maphorisa

The International Working Group on Women and Sport hosted the International Netball Federation (INF) that has descended on Botswana for the Netball World Youth Cup. The INF President Molley Rhone encouraged the many countries represented in the World Youth Netball Cup to sign the declaration as she signed for INF. Co-Chairperson of the International Working Group on Women and Sport Ruth Maphorisa said netball has always been a grassroot sport much the same way as football. Maphorisa said she could not over emphasise the pride that fills her knowing that her country Botswana is hosting one of the most prestigious sporting events in the history of this country. Having attended the World Cup in Sydney in 2015 Maphorisa said netball is her first love and hailed it for attracting women’s sport participation in masses. “We are mandated with ensuring women participation in sport at all levels, roles and functions and following extensive research with key experts in the field we have documented 10 principles that ensure women’s needs, interests and concerns are addressed in order to reach those participation levels,” she said. Maphorisa thanked Netball Federations that gathered at the GICC in order to see how they can contribute and improve the landscape of women in netball not only for increased participation but to also retain players. She said around the globe recruiting women into sport is not a problem but rather retention is and it continues to be the biggest challenge especially that women are likely to drop out and pursue other priorities in their lives such as motherhood and family obligations. Through the Brighton Plus Helsinki Declaration they are able to plan appropriately and equitably meet the needs of women and girls in the community with special, attention given to the need for childcare provision, safe transport and safety during participation and performance. She acknowledged the INF because that shows that they are committed to ensuring that they provide an environment where girls and women can thrive in netball without fear.