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Belia Zibowa

Belia Zibowa

Outreach program director encourages sport, empowerment for girls of Zimbabwe

This article was created for the UT Center for Sport, Peace and Society in partnership with the UT School of Journalism and Electronic Media.

"Whose mother goes to the gym? Whose mother exercises?"

Belia Zibowa looks out at the crowd of high school girls as the question hangs in the air. No one raises their hand. When Zibowa tells them how much she loves basketball, they don't believe her – she seems too feminine to play sports. In Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, girls are not encouraged to shoot hoops, a consequence of confined gender roles handed down through generations.

"We've got ...