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NGOCC Applauds Copper Queens’ Victory, Urges Vigilance Against Gender-Based Violence

The Non-Governmental Gender Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) extends heartfelt congratulations to the Copper Queens for their outstanding victory against Welwitschia of Angola, securing a prominent position in women’s African football.

In an official statement released by Grace M. Sinkamba, Chairperson for NGOCC, the organization expressed pride in the resilience and perseverance of the National Women’s Football Team. 

The team’s stellar performance not only secured a significant win but also showcased Zambia’s prowess on the global football stage.

As preparations for the return match intensify, Ms. Sinkamba urged the Copper Queens to maintain focus and determination. 

The upcoming match at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Tuesday, 5th December 2023, presents another opportunity for the team to demonstrate their skill and commitment.

NGOCC, as a vigilant advocate for women’s rights, is closely monitoring the alleged reported cases of sexual abuse against the players. 

Ms. Sinkamba called upon the players and the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) gender focal person to remain vigilant, break the silence, and report any suspicious activities for thorough investigation.

In the spirit of the ongoing 16 Days of Activism, Sinkamba expressed the hope that the Copper Queens will actively contribute to the eradication of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) within the team. 

She emphasized the importance of creating an environment where female athletes can thrive without the fear of harassment or discrimination.

Concluding the statement, Ms. Sinkamba reiterated the belief that women, just like men, can succeed when given equal opportunities. NGOCC remains committed to supporting initiatives that foster gender equality and empower women in sports.

She noted that the entire NGOCC community extends its congratulations to the Copper Queens, celebrating not just a victory on the field but also a triumph for women’s representation and resilience in sports.

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