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".
Jan 12, 2012

Competition of Women riding bicycles

Women in riding bicycles
Women in riding bicycles

AKWOS encouraged  women in western province that ride bycles,by organising competition for the campain against  HIV and AIDS during the week of the world AIDS  day and a tournament of 4 girls football teams aged 15 to 18 coming 100 in number.

This attracted a very big gathering of about 2000 people as it was the first time it happened to see women from the age of 18to 30 competing in such unusual sports .

This gave us an occasion of passing a message on the awareness of HIV and AIDS ,prevention,how to live positively ,support of people living with HIV and AIDS and sensitizing the public to go for voluntary testing.100 people believed and went for free testing .

Mukamabano Valentine who is HIV positive   gave a testimony of how she is self confident,overcame the shame now looking after he 4 children who are not infected when she was ignorant about the  infection.She made a call to the public and the youth to go for testing so that they get  to know their status and move forward.

She ended up asking several questions to the public and the public asking many questions that she answered according to her experience warning people never to judge someone according from outside appearance and to use condon whenever substance fails and to be faithful to their partners.

After the bicycle competition and the football tournament ,rewards were given,such as football balls, t-shirts and medical insurance  for 20  participants was assisted by AKWOS  for 1 year .

 

 

Another activity that was done, one day workshop on social entrepreneurship that was facilitated by an ASHOKA fellow from Uganda Nassir Katuramu,which attracted 300 Social and Business Entrepreneurs.

They were encouraged  that everyone can become a changemaker, the topics were , what it takes ,the change it brings and what it means for an individual.The workshop ended by many candidates applying to become ASHOKA fellows Representatives in Rwanda.We are now waiting for the qualifiers

 

AKWOS again in partnership with Right To Play ,Women National Council,ministry of family and Gender promotion organized a football match between Women in Civil Society and  the Government  in the campaign to begin the 16 days to end  Gender Based Violence.

The match ended with 2 goals for civil society and 1 goal for government.

Different speeches about what is GBV and the strategies that should be used to fight GBV.

This also attracted the Police and the Army.

 

Mukamabano Valentine giving testimony
Mukamabano Valentine giving testimony
Women football team
Women football team
ASHOKA ChangeMaker workshop
ASHOKA ChangeMaker workshop
Football match to campaign against GBV
Football match to campaign against GBV

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Jan 4, 2012

Competition of Women riding bicycles

Women in riding bicycles
Women in riding bicycles

AKWOS sensitized women that joined the Competition of bicycle riding in the campaign to end G.B.V, awareness of H.I.V/AIDS and encouraging Voluntary Testing.

This activity It attracted  50 women and the gathering of 2000 people both men and women.

  40 people participated in Voluntary Testing after a testimony from MUKAMABANO Valentine who is seropositive.

She expressed her gratitude to AKWOS  that came over to sensitize the public for Voluntary Testing as it is the only way to know the HIV status.

She mentioned again that someone may not tell that he/she is HIV positive by the outside appearance. If one is found positive she should follow properly the medical instructions and have hope to live long and get encouraged that she is of value to the Development of the Country.

She said if one is found negative, she should avoid unprotected sex, using unsterilized instruments and untested blood transfusion. People living with HIV/AIDS should not be looked down upon, because they are people like any other. She ended by asking questions to the big gathering that followed Voluntary Testing.

Four(4) women/girls teams competed for 2 days and were given prizes of  football balls, while women participating in bicycle riding were given medical insurance for 12 months. This encouraged many people that even if you are seropositive you can still do sports.

Dear Donors, thanks for your contribution to support empowering women through sports. We need more advice from you to help the sustainability of our organization.

Mukamabano Valentine testimony
Mukamabano Valentine testimony

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Oct 10, 2011

Football competitions, tournaments and trainings

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This first football competition brought together 12 schools from UNICEF child friendly schools. These teams were selected from all over the country and were made of girls aged 7 to 13. The purpose of such an activity is to inculcate the culture of sport in the mentality of the Rwandan youth, much as a new culture can be ingrained from an early age, most girls and women will be able to campain against genderbased violence and their rights through sports as well as they grow up

The overall objective was to empower  women through sports. This event took place in four different Provinces namely Kigali City, Western, Eastern Pr I and Eastern II. Each Province had three primary school teams that competed and the winners were Kanyiya (from Kigali City), Rubona (Western Province), Rubona Ngoma (Eastern Province I) and Kiziguro (Eastern Province II). The 2 teams that came first received sports equipment (whistle, balls ...).

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