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".
May 17, 2012

Sports women in Economical Empowerment

Women in Agricultural Cooperatives
Women in Agricultural Cooperatives

Association of Kigali Women in Sports visited the Mayor of Gisagara District of the Southern Province in the process of requesting Land for the women teams who were able to group themselves in Agricultural Cooperatives to improve their way of living and empower themselves economically.

AKWOS was promised by the local authorities a 5 hectare of land for the beginning and will increase as the need increases. The sports women identified the crop known as Cassava to be planted there as the soil is good for that crop. We know that Rwanda depends on Agriculture and most of women do the cultivation, then after the harvest men take over to sell the product convincing women that they are not aware of the market.

AKWOS was able to sensitize women that they can also take part in selling their products, join Saving and Credit Schemes and participate in the country development.

AKWOS trained women in sports to be the role model in sensitization of Nutrition. Women in the community believed that only well to do people take fruits and vegetables, so after the harvest they could sell off everything and leave nothing for their families, thus malnutrition was common.

AKWOS Staff insisted that the lack of Balanced diet leads to all sorts pf diseases, and spends all the profit rin paying hospital bills. the conclusion was that women sports took the decision of fighting malnutrition by eating away balanced diet to keep fit and healthy.

Dear donors, let us join hands to fight malnutrition and your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

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Apr 10, 2012

AKWOS launches a new sport known as Netball

Girls and Women playing Netball
Girls and Women playing Netball

AKWOS in partnership with Ministry of Sports, Kigali City and Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion launched a new Game known as Netball on the 1st April 2012 in the Closing Ceremony of the International Women Day.

This attracted many Government officials and the Civil Society who joined the game. It was an exciting moment having a Minister, a UNICEF Representative and Vice-Mayor of Kigali City participating in the game with young girls.

This was in preparation of creating a Rwanda Netball Federation, so as to give a chance to those who are interested in Netball  to participate in the  Netball Championship on Regional and International level.  

At the end of the game, AKWOS gave prizes to the pioneers of this game which were handed over by the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, the permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports and Culture, the UNICEF Representative and the President of the National Women’s Council.

On that very day, there was a Champions league match between the best two teams of APR and AS Kigali Women Football teams. The match ended with the score of 2-0 on behalf of AS Kigali.

Also, measuring the role of sports to fight Gender Based Violence(GBV) using the Goal Curriculum, AKWOS trained young girls with the age between 9 and 12 drawing pictures according to  the way they understand Gender Based Violence showing children’s rights, their body, peer pressure, work, right to play,… under the supervision of the trained coaches.

Minister of Gender and Family playing with girls
Minister of Gender and Family playing with girls
Young girls were given prizes by AKWOS after game
Young girls were given prizes by AKWOS after game
A child drawing about her rights
A child drawing about her rights

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Feb 13, 2012

Competition of Women riding bicycles

On 29th-30th November 2011, AKWOS organized a football competition and Women bicycle riders marking the word AIDS’ Day in Eastern Province, Ngoma District. They were 4 teams each composed of 25 players and 20 women riding bicycles.

Testimonies were given to prove to the public that people living with HIV/AIDS are people like any other. They said, one cannot tell that someone is infected by just looking at the outside appearance.

A call was made by MUKAMABANO   to go for free testing so as to know the status of each individual. She said that if you feel that you were infected not to lose hope, what you need to do is to seek medical advice, counseling department for healthy Living.

If one is found not infected, he should be careful, have protected sex and avoid unsterilized sharp instruments. Many questions were posed by the youth who were given true and correct information.

This message attracted about 2000 people and about 50 girls went for free testing. Another exciting moment was the competition of women riding bicycles, some were breastfeeding, but were excited during the cheering up of the gathering.

After the competition, AKWOS supported the Cyclists with Medical Insurance, football balls to Girls who participated in the tournaments and T-shirts for all the participants.

The local Administrator asked AKWOS to keep coming to sensitize women on the role of sports and messages on HIV/AIDS.

AKWOS Representative sensitized the public that some women get infected due to Gender Based Violence, such as forced sex. She gave them a hotline to call in case their rights are not respected. She again insisted that it is right time to end GBV and we are the very first people to sensitize other women, parents, schools, so as to be aware of the children & women rights for the quick development of our country.

On 22nd November, 2011

AKWOS organized a one day workshop in collaboration with ASHOKA, the Innovators for the public presents “everyone a Changemaker.”

This workshop involved 300 youths both men, women of the age between 18-35 young entrepreneurs.

The presenter that addressed the big audience came from Uganda; Mr. Nassir Katuramu who is an Ashoka fellow. He talked about what it means to become a Changemaker, what it takes, the change it brings and what it means for an Individual. The workshop attracted many Applications for representing Ashoka in Rwanda.

We are eagerly waiting to know who became the eligible candidates for Rwanda  from ASHOKA Representative.

 

AKWOS in partnership with Right to Play, Women National Council and the Ministry of Gender promotion organized a football Competition in the campaign against Gender Based Violence to launch the 16 days of ending GBV.

Mukamabano Valentine testimony
Mukamabano Valentine testimony
ASHOKA ChangeMaker workshop
ASHOKA ChangeMaker workshop
Women in riding bicycles
Women in riding bicycles
Women football team
Women football team
Girls
Girls' team

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