As part of International Women’s Day celebrations, the Ministry of Sport, Arts and Recreation held its festivities under the theme: ‘Pressing for Progress in Empowering Women in Sport’.

The ministry will hold a training capacitation symposium to promote the involvement of women in national sport associations.

Speaking on the sidelines of the International Women’s Day celebrations, Director in the Ministry Eugenia Chidhakwa said they are worried by the low turnout of women in national sport associations.

“We have enacted a policy to promote the involvement of women in sport and soon we will roll out a symposium to empower women to take up powerful positions in sport,” she said.

Chidhakwa added the ministry has also undertaken an initiative to promote women access to sport through the refurbishment of sport and recreation facilities as well as building low cost tennis courts.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sport, Arts and Recreation Prince Mupazviriho noted the women’s day celebrations also recognise women personalities who have excelled in sport.

The celebrations are coming against the background of women athletes scoring a first with the appointment of swimming sensation Kirsty Coventry as Chairperson of the IOC Athletes’ Commission.