Friendly soccer matches with Tanzanian women soccer teams: Ilala Queens, Ukonga Queens, JMK Park and Eleven took place on International Women’s Day to recognize progress for women in sports, as well as continue to draw awareness on opportunities and challenges facing women engagement in all fields. The event was a joint collaboration with Global Peace Foundation Tanzania, Tan Football, Women Football Tanzania, and UN Women. Global Peace Women Tanzania country leader Irene Ishengoma joined the efforts.
The event was part of ongoing efforts in Tanzania to mitigate gender based violence against women in sports, launched last year on International Women’s Day. Speakers and discussions emphaized the importance of collective efforts to create environments that encourage and support women participation, not just in sports, but other areas of economic, social and political development. Parents, stakeholders, media, local clubs and associations share join responsibility to create policies, contracts and environments that support players on an off the field. Supportive environments not only provide employment and engagement opportunities for women, but have larger positive impact on the livelihood and quality of life of families and children. The campaign hopes that progress for women in sports can have positive impact on women in other sectors of society.
GPW Tanzania has actively been a part of larger efforts to prevent gender based violence, promote women empowerment and engagement in local decision and enterprise.
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Link to Last year’s forum on Gender Based Violence prevention for women in sports: https://www.globalpeacewomen.org/stories/gpw-tanzania-commemorates-tanzania-womens-day-with-a-panel-discussion-to-sensitize-gender-based-violence-in-sports