The NOC-K Women’s Leadership Seminar came to a close at Pride Inn Westlands on Friday 30th October 2020. The seminar had brought together over 40 women leaders from all Olympic and Commonwealth sports in the country in a two-day seminar aimed at empowering women sports leaders.
The program was supported by Olympic Solidarity, as one of the strategy to achieve agenda 11 of the Olympic Agenda 2020 ‘To foster gender equality’.
The representatives from National federations were taken through skills and techniques for leadership through these learning objectives; communication strategies, creating action plans, policies and procedures and promotion and empowerment of female leaders and raising awareness of gender equality.
Wangui Kibe, the Chief Executive Officer of Team Kenya Tokyo 2020 and a Director of Kenya Rugby Union, took participants through leadership skills they should master in order to become effective leaders.
Doreen Okiri, a corporate communication strategists took the participants through strategic planning in order to become organized and strategic leaders in their organisations.
Cynthia Mumbo, the Founder and CEO of Sports Connect Africa, a sports consultancy that focuses on connecting and empowering sports stakeholders in Africa, facilitated on communication strategies to commercialize the women’s sport for development.
Dr. Kizzie Shako, a forensic medicine specialist, and a Kenya Police Surgeon, who is very vocal on matters to do with sexual rights of women and girls and Mududa Waweru, the Kenya National Volleyball team manager discussed gender-based issues that hamper the participation of women in sports such as early pregnancies, sexual reproductive health and rights.
Sarah Ochwada, an International Sports Lawyer and leacturer at Strathmore Business school took participants through the sports laws in Kenya and their individual responsibilities as leaders to protect the autonomy of sports responsibly.
Wanjiku Mwenda, a sports journalist discussed media communication on the womens sport and strategies that federations can employ to ensure good and fair coverage of their respective sports.
Most of the participants were given the platform to share their life stories in the “Women Rising’’ sessions and according to the feedback, they found these very inspiring.
The participation throughout the seminar was impressive with panel discussions, and
The sessions ended with participants agreeing on action plans on the different topics discussed.