When we conceptualized this third and last phase of this program we decided to locate it as part of the campaign on sixteen days of activism for non-violence against children, women, and people with disabilities. It is for that reason that its theme is titled, ‘count me in: together moving women boxing forward'.
In general, the programs aim to empower women participation across the entire value chain of our pugilist sport. It is made possible through the generous support of the National Lotteries Commission. The first and second leg of the program has already been implemented in the 2015/2016 financial year and were both a resounding success.
Through this approach, we are giving practical expression to the fifth pillar of our National Sport and Recreation Plan. We are indeed walking the talk when we say boxing too can advance social change and our national gender empowerment goals. We are further implementing our National Boxing Indaba resolution which emphatically states among others, that:
Awareness to be created on female boxing to create greater access must have the requisite equipment with facilities that cater for women are to be encouraged to occupy an administrative and managerial position in boxing boxers are to be protected from various abuses.
In December 2016, we invited female promoters to bid for hosting tournaments which would include at least one national title, one provincial title and development fights. This was a deliberate move aimed at addressing the specific area where we are currently not doing well, which is female participation at development level.
Following this open, transparent and competitive procurement process, four female promoters were appointed to host four different tournaments must be of women by women for women!
Having concluded this process, the ball is now firmly in the court of the four appointed promoters. We congratulate them and wish them well in their courageous effort to turn around the tide and demonstrate that with adequate support and an enabling environment, women too can deliver world class boxing tournaments. Of course, as BSA we will equally work with them and reinforce their conceptual approach to their respective tournaments.
We urge our loving boxing community to rally behind these courageous promoters, to pack the venues and cheer their favorite female boxers. We further urge them to sit back and marvel at the artistry of our female ring officials as they command the game with a feminine touch and deliver top notch adjudication all the way!
Lastly, we urge all athletes, officials, and administrators out there to consider boxing as their sport of choice and come on board to soil the ranks of this beautiful sport whose growth is surely on an upwards trajectory!