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We are rugby Players too!

Change is a process, not an event. Yesterday I was called up to help co-host the National Rugby League Awards. This is a first for me, and I was very excited at the prospect. I had to go for a dry run, to get in touch with my fellow MC, who will carry the bulk of the night’s duty. He is after all a man. It seems I was called up so a female voice could break the dominance of the male setting, standing beside him and looking pretty for the cameras. Nevertheless, this is an opportunity that I was willing to make the best of.(Thank you web 2.0, that’s how they found me). Going through the list of winners, I realised the men’s National team, the Sables, and men form the top eight rugby teams were the award recipients. I asked, and was informed that the sponsors do not sponsor the ladies and the second teams. This was a blatant show of conservatism in the sponsor’s corporate social responsibility policy, a reflection of most organisations in the country. It seems in sport women provide entertainment for the men, never taken seriously. It is safer for any organisation in Zimbabwe to invest in male dominated sports and women are barely considered. Even if I wanted to try and change these prejudices and attitudes towards women, I lack skill and training to begin to run with a reasonable and effective change schedule. There is also a great lack of infrastructural support for change to happen. Zimbabweans are very good at protecting the status quo, especially where it serves self interest. Some people benefit from such arrangements, and because they are more concerned over their basic needs, development of the sport and acceptance of women becomes a distant goal, never to be achieved.
Education and communication facilitate change. I applied for a sports administration course, hoping ,if accepted, I can actively get into administration and work towards positive change o of the structures. This level of participation and involvement is necessary for any progress towards change; enabling support of programmes aimed at empowering women. There have been others before me, Judith Chiyangwa, was the vice President of the National Rugby Union -2010,setting the pace for change and facilitated involvement of one of the country’s largest banks in women’s rugby.
As I write this assignment, I am sure there is someone out there now knows our story and will now take an active interest in it. Online communities make other aware of women who need change and in those communities; people can offer solutions to overcoming these challenges. This should improve the position of women in my rugby circles, as well as the community as a whole. I am sure the other pulses will help organise and articulate my concerns over the women’s rugby league and its development in Zimbabwe.

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Carlotta's picture

I share your frustration on

I share your frustration on how it seems to be waste of money to support women's causes, especially sports. It happens almost everywhere on this continent. They start making the right noises when there is a Maria Mutola, Caster Semenya or Kirsty Coventry in the papers. They should start supporting women's sports at grassroots level.

Gertrude Bvindi's picture

Taking Credit

Its not fair for others to take credit of things that they did not fight for at all, it is very unfair and i hope we can do something about thins situation.

Gertrude Bvindi

Stella Paul's picture

But for me

Dear Gertrude

But for me, you already have broken a barrier by going on that field! Wish you had a video on that to show to the world! Anyway, sports has been one of the fields where men have fought for every inch of space. I wish you luck and success as you now fight on.

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Gertrude Bvindi's picture

Video?

mmmm a video is actually a great idea. iof i can lay my hands on one i will attach it. Funny how when you have made a step forward in anything, you start thinking that you still have a lot more to do. Will look for that video.
Thanks for the idea.

Gertrude Bvindi

Nusrat Ara's picture

Bravo for taking up this

Bravo for taking up this challenge. You can start a new trend and bring about a real change. Remember a change occurs slowly and steadily.

Have faith and do keep sharing your experineces with us.

Love

Nusrat

Gertrude Bvindi's picture

Thanks

Thank you for the words of encouragement, i hope to be seeing some results soon, its always encouraging when you have something tangible.

Love Trudy

Gertrude Bvindi

Gertrude Bvindi's picture

Thanks

Thank you for the words of encouragement, i hope to be seeing some results soon, its always encouraging when you have something tangible.

Love Trudy

Gertrude Bvindi

Myrthe's picture

Gertrude, thank you for

Gertrude, thank you for sharing your story. I hope you will succeed in creating change, because there are not enough women in sports management in my opinion.
Myrthe

Gertrude Bvindi's picture

SPorts Management

Thanks. And do you know what the frequently given excuse is? that women are not passionate enough about sport and we end up getting half the oportunities or less, that men have. It also goes without saying that some women are also responsible for the attitude we receive from men, and its something that needs to be dealt with.

Thanks you for your encouragement.

Gertrude Bvindi

nargiz's picture

Gertrude, Thank you for

Gertrude,
Thank you for sharing your story. It is so important for women to break these barriers of thinly-veiled bigotry, and changing perceptions is the first step in the process. I wish you the best of luck with your endevours.

Nargiz

Gertrude Bvindi's picture

Thank you very much, i am

Thank you very much, i am looking forward to this battle actually!! i am sure it will not be easy to change perceptions people have had for such a very long time.

Gertrude Bvindi

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