17 women capacitated for sports leadership

By ‘Mamohaila Rampo

MASERU – With the aim of defeating the stigma of underrepresentation of women in leadership positions in sport, 17 women graduated from a Women in Leadership Programme (WLP) on Friday at the Manthabiseng Convention Centre.

Minister of GenderYouthSports and Recreation Hon. Likeleli Tampane stated that women have the same patience and love for sports like men, hence they should be afforded positions of power and leadership in sports. She said for the longest time, sports were male dominated, which led to a lot of women being insecure about assuming leadership roles in sports.  Through this programme, Tampane said now that there are women who are trained for leadership, it is evident that women too can be in sport, so they too should be treated like their counterparts.

Lesotho Women in Sports Chairperson Moipone Mashale indicated that when women are trained and elected into office, it will not be merely for the sake of including women in sports because now they will be eligible for the positions. She explained that the programme was for women to acquire leadership skills and to learn tricks to match their characters well in sports profession. Also, she said WLP equipped women with the structure of the associations of leadership used in the country. They were taught events management, organizing sporting events and the overall administration.

Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC) President Litšitso Motšeremeli said they are proud to have a woman Minister, and a woman Principal Secretary. He noted that the entire leadership positions in the Ministry of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation are occupied by women and thus applauded that. Motšeremeli denied the belief that women led entities are undermined by men, saying “men respect women in sports”.

One of the Graduates Liteboho Letlala said they have been working very hard to have attained the certificates.

In her speech Letlala said; “We pressed, we pushed and we persisted, this is indeed a proof so immaculate, we are ready to go and transform the sports in the county”. She also added that she is confident that these women are going to bring change in the sports by implementing the skills they have acquired from the programme.

The programme started on September 18 2020 and was expected to end on March 31 2021 but was dragged due to the financial challenges and Covid-19 pandemic.