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Sports to Empower Women & Girls in Rwanda



AKWOS empowers women through sport & education to improve their rights, break barriers between social classes, raise women's standing in society, enhance unity & reconciliation and prevent HIV/Aids.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Until recently, it was accepted that women should not practice sports, since they were meant to take care of domestic chores. Now, practicing sports is tearing down the walls of social paradigm and making a statement for equality among men. Sports contributes to women and girls' strength and self-esteem. And to society through the alleviation of poverty and disease including HIV/Aids, thus ensuring their well being. With only 3% of Rwandan women practicing sports, we still have a lot to do.

How will this project solve this problem?

We build capacity amongst Rwandan women: for sports - players, coaches, referees, administrators; for life skills - education, health, promotion of women’s rights, peace & reconciliation; and for income generation - job skills & entrepreneurship.

Potential Long Term Impact

Our 2010 goals are to raise the self-esteem of 10,000 Rwandan women by participation in sporting teams and family planning, HIV/Aids & nutrition programs. We will gather the voices of East African women to join the sports for social change movement.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $186,571
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $143,429
Total Funding Goal: $330,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Project Leader

Felicite Rwema

Founder, AKWOF
Kigali, Rwanda

Where is this project located?

Map of Sports to Empower Women & Girls in Rwanda
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