TAG Rugby Trust Zimbabwe (TRTZ) affiliate of the Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) and Girls Legacy will be hosting an International World’s Day commemoration at Harare Sports Club on Saturday the 9th of March.
The celebration is being hosted by Girls Legacy which will see young girls involved in rugby through the TRTZ program Female Inspiration Through Rugby (FITR) program , taking part in tag matches among a plethora of events on the day.
It will be running under the theme ‘Creating innovative spaces for girls’.
Today the world celebrated International Women’s Day under the theme #BalanceforBetter and the initiative is aimed at gender equality, a greater awareness of discrimination and a celebration of women’s achievements
Judith Chiyangwa, Director of Girls Legacy says the partnership with Tag Rugby has and will continue to improve the lives of girls in Zimbabwe.
“The Girls Legacy mandate is to build the capacity of women and girls in Zimbabwe through leadership and development and mentoring so that girls and women can live empowered lives to become models and change agents in their communities.
“Our partnership with Tag rugby is through what we can Female Inspiration Through Rugby. We facilitate the training of their coaches in leadership development and they translate it to all the girl that play tag.
“One of the elements that we want to see is women in sport need to be facilitated for in terms of leadership development so that they are able to create support systems and create team work that provides safety around the many issue or walls that women and girls face. This includes different forms of gender based violence and largely around issues to do with sexual violence and child marriages that the girls face on a day-to-day.
“This Saturday, we are coming together with Tag and different other organisations in commemoration of International Women’s Day and we have different girls coming to show case their skills in Tag and other skills that they have.
“We hope the day will mark a space in their lives where they are able to endorse that support systems are critical for the safety of girls in any community,” said Chiyangwa.
ZRU Head of Women’s Rugby Abigail Mnikwa says this is one of many positive initiatives aimed at improving the lives of girls in Zimbabwe through rugby.
“We are happy to see the girl child being celebrated in all spheres because a girl child faces more challenges in sport. There are plans to continue the hard work and reaching out to get our girls in a more activities such as this,” she said.
The Ambassador of the Netherlands Barbra van Hellemond and the Ambassador of Canada Rene Cremonese will be attending the event.