The 2nd Edition of the Women in Sport Conference that was co-hosted by the Bindura University of Science Education and the Sports and Recreation Commission was a success. The conference was held at the Cresta Jameson Hotel in Harare on Friday 16 November 2018.
The Conference which was attended by delegates from all walks of life who shared a passion for sport ran under the theme “Let them lead and tell their story”. The Guest of Honour at the Conference was the Vice Chancellor for Bindura University of Science Education, Vice Chancellor Professor Eddie Mwenje who was represented by the Director Research and Post Graduate Centre, Professor Courtie Mahamadi.
The objectives of the conference were to tackle on a number of issues affecting women in sport and recreation as well as to create a networking platform. In as much as the major target group for the conference were women, men were not excluded as they also attended the one day conference.
On a speech read on his behalf Professor Mwenje underscored that the conference was a joint initiative of Bindura University of Science Education and the Sports and Recreation Commission to develop and uplift the standard of sport in the country. He went on to add that the conference also aimed at empowering women so that they take up leadership positions within the sporting fraternity and excel as effective leaders.
Professor Mwenje also highlighted that it is paramount to invest in sport education as sport has overtime evolved to become one of the key drivers of economies throughout the world and it is therefore important to ensure that equal access and opportunities for women and girls are created in all aspects of sport.
The five major areas of discussion were as follows; Women and Podium Performance, The Role of Media in Sport, Sponsorship and Marketing the Oil driving sport , Advocacy in Sport in Zimbabwe and Sexual Reproductive Health in Sport.