MSF tournament hailed
4 December 2017
THE ‘Kick out Sexual Violence’ sports tournament organised by the Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) over the weekend has been hailed as a good initiative to raise awareness on gender based violence.
The event, which was held at Mbare netball complex, saw a number of netball and soccer teams turning up.
Speaking on the sidelines of the tournament, MSF Head of Mission, Bjorn Nissen, said sport can change their lives for good regardless of what they have faced in life.
“Sexual violence affects everyone. It is never anyone’s fault. No one deserves to be sexually abused.
People should not stigmatise survivors of sexual violence. To kick out sexual violence, we need all need to speak out about the terrible consequences and ensure that survivors are treated early and get support they need to get over their experience.
“To soccer and netball players, we want to implore you to spearhead the word and kick the sexual violence during the 16 days of activism and beyond,” he said.
The event was graced by two sports personalities, footballer Edward Sadomba and netball player Ndaizivei Madzikangava, a national team player and Correctional Services Queens star.
Sadomba said he was happy to be part of the initiative.
“It’s an honour to be part and parcel of this initiative, words alone can change someone’s life so my presence here I know it has touched someone and to show them that anything is possible,” he said.
“During our time we did not have such initiatives like this, so the children need to take this seriously as it helps. This is actually a breakthrough for some of these children. This is how some of us were discovered back in the days.”
Netball star Madzikangava encouraged all girls to be disciplined.
“I want to tell you ladies, it’s not about how well you play but about how you behave. In netball there are more male coaches. If you do not behave you will become a victim of sexual harassment.
“You need to understand your values and be a principled lady. Do not just spent your time roaming around in the streets, associating yourself with drug addicts. You will become one. Find a sport to participate in and do your best,” Madzikangava said.