Delegates to the Kigali Forum were unanimous that the meeting provided “concrete solutions” for the inclusion of women of Africa and Asia in various continental and world sports governing bodies.
Their deliberations sharpened the focus on women’s empowerment and leadership in sport. They also raised the difficulties faced by athletes and African and Asian leaders seeking solutions on how to better integrate them at the end of their sporting careers.
The forum issued several recommendations, which aim at eradicating obstacles to women’s advancement in sport.
Recalling the commitment to “proactive action” taken by the maiden Afro-Asian Forum on women and sport held in Kuwait in 2013, the Kigali delegates noted that despite constant efforts aimed at increasing the number of women in governing bodies, inequalities persist between women and men in the world of sport.
They declared that changes will only be possible if men and women are committed to eradicating all barriers that are still hindering women from fully enjoying sport at all levels. The Forum equally recommended that all sports organisations adopt and develop a “clear strategy to promote gender equality at all levels by 2018.”
It was agreed in the action plan that sports organisations, be they national or international, should “promote gender equality as a good governance principle and take special measures to ensure electoral processes that allow for diverse representation.” Besides, the Kigali Forum envisaged and sought to implement a “sport promotion strategy for women of both continents, by developing educative programmes for them at all levels and sports aspects that can encourage their election to positions of influence.”
Finally, delegates agreed to issue a concluding document that could be a catalyst for all stakeholders in sport in a bid to inspire a wider range of leaders in the sports world.
Former captain of the Mali basketball team, winner of the Africa Championship for Women in 2007 and a Kigali forum participant.
The Kigali Forum featured a series of panel discussions facilitated by renowned figures like H.E. Julienne Uwacu, Minister of Sports and Culture of the Republic of Rwanda; Mustafa Berraf, 1st Vice President of ANOCA; FIFA Secretary-General, Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura