Focus areas of the Committee are governance and leadership, competitions, player welfare, development and retention to meet strategic goals for women’s rugby on the continent
Khaled Babbou, President of Rugby Africa states: “With the WAC we have set the institutional basis to scale up our efforts to be gender inclusive and meet our strategic goals for women in rugby where we aim at a minimum representation of 30% of women in leadership roles and where 40% of the registered players on the continent will be women by 2025.“ Andrew Owor, Vice President of Rugby Africa added: “We also aim at having four African teams in the World Rugby top 30 ranking, two teams in the women’s rugby World Cup and in the world series.”
The WAC will be administrated by Rugby Africa’s Women’s Rugby Manager Maha Zaoui and has appointed its first member with Rolande Boro, Rugby Africa Executive Committee Member, World Rugby Council Member and President of the Burkina Faso Rugby Union. A respective call for interest has been initiated through the Africa Women Rugby Network and by the end of this month the six Committee members shall be appointed. The first WAC Meeting will be held in October.
This initiative is on line with World Rugby’s strategy to accelerate the global development of women in rugby 2017-25 where women involved in rugby have equity on and off the field, are reflected in all strategy, plans and structures, making highly valued contributions to participation, performance, leadership and investment in the global game of rugby.
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