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Arise Africa Women Symposium
Sports for Social Change Network (SSCN) hosted a symposium as a celebration of women month, the aim of this gathering was beyond discussion and to be one of the many catalysts to see sustainable change in Africa. As is a known fact that even amid progressive policies and action by international development agencies and the UN, the cause of women and girls is still an area for great concern.

The symposium focused on the following lectures:
Lecture 1. Policy, and moving from Policy to Action by Ms Ranjit Reddy, Department of Women, Youth and People living with disability in the Presidency South Africa.
Lecture 2. The role Sport for Peace and Development can play in advancing gender equality and combatting gender-based violence in society by Dr Lombe Mwambwa.
Lecture 3. Evidence in the field by Professor Cora Burnett
Lecture 4. The state of women and girls in Sport by Ms Lwandile Simelane
The symposium concluded with a panel dialogue and interaction with the participants.

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Egolisquash Youth Empowerment (EYE)
Egolisquash Youth Empowerment (EYE) is a holistic development program that focuses on empowering and enabling young people to positively contribute to the upliftment of their community, and society at large. Egolisquash is involved in communities where households are struggling with high unemployment rates, unstable family units, and youth who are exposed to environments with crime and violence nearly every day of their lives. By providing a platform to engage these vulnerable and precious members of our communities, it seeks to challenge conventional approaches to problem-solving in these communities, and practically enable the youth to constructively invest in their communities.

Its passion lies in ensuring that both girls and boys from disadvantaged communities have the chance to have fun while learning the skills necessary to reach their goals and positively contribute to their communities.

In celebration of women’s month 40 Inner-city and Soweto Egolisquash girls were treated to an extra special Pamper Day on Women's Day. Through the Mrs Africa Foundation, each girl had their facials done by Julien du Plessis, a finalist for the pageant. They further received sanitary pads and manicure sets to take home. The girls had a chance to play sport and be mentored by elite female coaches.
Their purpose is to use sport and education as tools to empower, connect and unify young girls from all social backgrounds and cultures.

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Egoli Squash


On the 12th of December 2014, the Cabinet declared an Annual Recreation Day on the first Friday of October. By declaring this one day on the South African calendar as National Recreation Day, It is expected that all South Africans will be made aware of the need to become physically active and that they will dedicate some part of their day towards participating in physical activities of their choice intended to promote life-long wellness. This could provide them with the first-hand experience and motivation needed to continue participating voluntarily in physical activities as they begin to realize the personal and social benefits thereof. South Africa, like the rest of the world, is facing a variety of challenges, incorporating everything from obesity, cardiac disease, diabetes, respiratory ailments, an ageing population, an increase in sedentary lifestyles and therefore loss of personal interaction and fitness, youth unemployment, high levels of violence, and conflict between people. In fact, global research highlights that by 2030, in the absence of intervention intended to address the impact of obesity (and related ailments emanating from lack of or declining physical activity) on the health of global citizens, 50% of citizens will be obese. Here at home, South Africa is sitting with 3% of South African women over the age of 15 being obese and 42% of urban women obese. It is against this framework that the need to get an active citizenry campaign to drive the South African population to develop an ethic of being physically active becomes mandatory.
This year’s 626 challenge will be like no other as we aim to combat mental disease, physical disease, and social segregation by promoting physical activity and sport as a vehicle for social change using Olympic sports as the Themes of the day.
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The SSCN is a proudly African founded and driven organization with over 80 non-government affiliates (members) working in some of the most poorest countries and communities. We have a solid track record spanning 12 years. Please help us and donate, any amount is welcomed.

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