Association of Kigali Women in Sports

AKWOS Mission is: "To Empower East-African Women, starting from Rwanda, through Sports and Education. By doing so, AKWOS will contribute to the alleviation of poverty , Campaign against Gender Based Violence, Economical Empowerment, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Reproductive Health, Conflicts Resolution, Unity and Reconciliation and improving the well-being of Women and Girls in East-Africa, and in the Rwandan society in particular".
Nov 18, 2014

RWANDA YOUTH VENTURE PROGRAM PERSPECTIVES

Youths have been trained for the upcoming program
Youths have been trained for the upcoming program

AKWOS is keeping on empowering not only Women but also Youth through various initiatives focusing on its mission to strengthen their capacities and improve their lives. Thus we organized a workshop with ASHOKA staff in East Africa in preparation of the Rwanda Youth Venture Program 2015.

The workshop took place in the weekend of 10 to 12 October 2014 in Kigali View Hotel. The main purpose of this workshop was to train the youth to develop their social and business skills I entrepreneurship, strengthen their innovative ideas in order to fight poverty.

This idea came after realizing that thousands of youth are graduating with limited chances of getting jobs. Then we came up with the great idea of “RWANDA YOUTH VENTURE PROGRAM” that we shared and want to implement in Rwanda, in collaboration with ASHOKA.

For this workshop, AKWOS was able to sensitize 100 youths after who will be trained as mentors, after which they will engage 10 youths per each ready to launch this new idea in January 2015 with 1000 youths across the country. These numbers involve both girls and boys between 12 and 22 years of age.

Jul 16, 2014

Football Compettitions in Rusororo Sector

Girls teams before the match
Girls teams before the match

FOOTBALL COMPETITIONS IN RUSORORO SECTOR

AKWOS organized a Young Girls Football Teams Competition which were selected in different schools and Football academies that took place on 28th and 29th May 2014, with the main objective of Prevention of HIV/AIDS which was sponsored by CUAH (Churches United Against HIV/AIDS) and NOSCR (National Olympic and Sport Committee of Rwanda)

After the tournament different messages were passed from someone who is a seropositive just as a testimony to give awareness to the youth and mobilizing them to go for free Testing so that they are aware of their status, in case some are found positive to go for treatment and those found negative to gain knowledge on how to stay safe and not to isolate those infected because they can still live longer, study, and contribute to the country’s development.

About 200 youth were tested and learnt more about HIV prevention.

All the Football teams that participated were given presents and the winning team received a Trophy. At the end of the event, the players and the community at large were sensitized about the rights of Girls to play and were told that a good player needs to be healthy and physically fit.

A great public was attracted by the match
A great public was attracted by the match
A seropositive giving testimony about HIV/AIDS
A seropositive giving testimony about HIV/AIDS
Akwos Staff were delighted with Girls playing
Akwos Staff were delighted with Girls playing
Jun 26, 2014

WOMEN WORKSHOP AND COMPETITIONS IN RUKUMBERI SECTOR FROM EASTERN PROVINCE

Women competing on bicycle riding
Women competing on bicycle riding

  In preparation of the 20th commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide against the Tusti, AKWOS    organized a 3 days workshop for Women  leaders from different Cells in Rukumberi  Sector of the Eastern Province  on their role to fight the Ideology of Genocide never to happen again .This took place from the  1st April and ended on the 3rd with different sports activities  such as Women bicycle riding  ,a football match and a sketch on Unity and Reconciliation as the main tool to unite Rwandan, learning from the past to build a brilliant future.  About 5000 spectators participated in support of the activity.

The theme of the event was “SPORTS CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND CONTRIBUTE TO “NDI UMUNYARWANDA” POLICY”.

During the 3 days workshop below are the following topics that were tackled:

  • The role of professional communication,
  • Sensitization,
  • Role of each Rwandan to promote the culture of peace and support to the vulnerable during the mourning period,
  • The role of sports for social change, teamwork and unity,
  • Rules and regulations during Football match.

Women were given the importance to promote sports activities for their physical fitness, heal of trauma, and discuss more about NDI UMUNYARWANDA policy.

The participants were 45 women in number:

  • A woman representing CNF (Commission Nationale de la Femme) from each cell,
  • A woman representing the CNJ (Commission Nationale de la Jeunesse) from each cell,
  • A woman in charge of social affairs in each area(Umudugudu)
  • A woman representing IBUKA,
  • A woman representative of CNF in the sector.

All the trainers completed the training with a mandate to sensitize their community.

On the closing day, a big gathering of about 5000 people came to watch the sketch and to listen to different messages from the invited dignitaries: the Executive Secretary of Rukumberi Sector, the representative of Ngoma district, the Rwanda National Commission of Unity and Reconciliation, AKWOS Executive Director, the National Police and the representative of Rwanda Governance Board who was our Guest of Honor. In their speeches they all appreciated the good initiative from AKWOS which contributes to the Government policies more to that it is the responsibility of every Rwandan to promote security and to know their rights and never to listen to any person bringing differences. Most of the messages passed were emphasizing to Unity and Reconciliation through Sports.

As mentioned above. 20 women competed on bicycle riding and each one was given a prize of loincloth (Igitenge) and an envelope enclosed with some cash. And the 2 football teams that participated, the wining team received 2 balls with an envelope of cash and the second team received 1 ball and some cash, whereas the National Women Representative Council received also 1 ball and the sector also received a ball as a sign to start promoting sports.

There was also a drama which was played as a sketch which attracted a big gathering to emphasize NDI UMUNYARWANDA policy (standing for “BEING PROUD OF WHO WE ARE AND FIGHTING DISCRIMINATION”.   

The event was closed with visible excitement of all participants. They all praised the great initiative of AKWOS, requesting for more seminars and sports tournaments for the interest of Rukumberi Community. This sector was chosen as our focal point because it is one of the most victims of 1994 Genocide against Tusti. 

AKWOS Executive Director Launching the competition
AKWOS Executive Director Launching the competition
The local leaders were there to support us
The local leaders were there to support us
Trained women giving their message to the public
Trained women giving their message to the public

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