Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) have continued to take giant strides towards empowering women in sports administration.
Sport has huge potential to empower women and girls both on and off the pitch.
In Uganda, there has been a big gap in terms of gender equality in Sports, and it’s from that background that UOC organised a three-day Women Sport Administrator Course (SAC) that climaxed on International Women’s day.
The lectures were held at Route 256 which is opposite Uganda Olympic Committee with UOC President William Blick and General Secretary Donald Rukare leading a group of teachers.
On the final day, experts Tegla Loroupe (Kenya) and Matlohang Moiloa were ushered in.
Tegla was a long-distance track and road runner. She is also a global spokeswoman for peace, women’s rights and education. Loroupe holds the world records for 25 and 30 kilometres and previously held the world marathon record.
Matlohang is the President for Lesotho Olympic Committee and also the third vice president for ANOCA.
“We want to empower women,” said Matlohang to the press. “We want to have 50-50 representation of both genders.”
“One of the major things the International Olympics Committee is looking at is good governance, we are looking at empowering the more women coaches as well.
“We want to have more women administrators in all aspects of sports, to have gender balance.”
She added: “This is my first time in Uganda, I have had interaction with the UOC officials but am very impressed especially with the Olympics house. Its a representative of the values of the Olympic movement. The general Secretary has been made the chairman of the National Council of Sports which is a big milestone.”
Blick commented that the course provided students with an opportunity to learn the skills that governing bodies.
He revealed that UOC, since 2013_ has trained about 1600 people with 875 of them being women.