Sports to Empower Women & Girls in Rwanda

Oct 10, 2011

Football competitions, tournaments and trainings


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 ...).


Jun 7, 2011

Sports to Empower Women and Girls

Rwanda depends on agriculture, which is mostly done by women, so they grouped themselves in cooperatives and did the process of registration so that we may help them develop modern farming in order to fight poverty.

As you can see the teams that were ready to participate in a friendly match in the Northern provinces started by planting Irish potato seeds with many women that came to support the initiative that was brought over by AKWOS

The seeds were donated by Association of Kigali Women in Sports which organized the event and the winner received sports uniforms. It was an exiting moment after which the local leaders of that province donated a 5 hector land in support for the women football teams. This event took place on the 7th march 2011.

This idea came about after the workshop that took place in February 2011 on how to fight gender-based violence and campaign against poverty which was organized by AKWOS in partnership with WomenWin and Global Giving.

Many thanks goes  to the donors that do their best to support our organization. You are doing great things to promote Women in Gender Equity Through Sports.

We believe that if you educate a woman, you educate the nation.

It was an exiting moment to see more than 2000 women coming to cheer the game and about 500 men in our support which never existed before.

Is it possible to get a feedback from the donors? We need to hear the generous comments and advice from our donors. Tell us what you think about our activities. Thanks for being there for us.

Jan 31, 2011

Training of new Capitain in Primary Schools

These are the new captain  of schools that were attending the training of trainers course organized by AKWOS with the main objective of teaching them the role of sports for health and development .

It was a 5 day workshop with different lessons  such as children, rights, fight gender based violence, awareness in  the prevention of HIV and AIDS, Conflicts Resolution through sports.

In the workshop they were taught how they can become role models in using sports for social change. This training was opened officially by the Executive director  Mme Rwemarika Felicite and conducted by Nyinawumuntu Grace the National Women’s coach  who spoke  of her experience as role model and the rest were given by AKWOS coaches who are highly skilled in different topics mentioned

It was followed by the female teachers who were given training on the role of sports in promotion of gender rights ,Gender based Violence, unity and reconciliation and how to introduce many teams in schools and keep at least 30 minutes of giving different topics during the resting time and were asked to introduce a timetable for sports as it was realized that before they came for training they mentioned that they did not have time for sports.

AKWOS will do the monitoring and evaluation after 3 month, then organize competitions between the new teams with the funding from UNICEF and Right To Play .




Oct 11, 2010

Football for HIV/AIDS awareness raising/School Dropout Girls

In partnership with Right To Play/Rwanda we organized a football tournament that targeted school dropout girls from 35 sectors of Kigali City, aged between 15-25. The purpose was to mobilize them in matters relating to Reproductive Health, HIV AIDS & other diseases.

Also, we organized a walk/march for 150 women from 30 districts of the country (Rwanda), and a football tournament for 12 women teams& 8 men teams for the purpose of mobilizing Rwandan Women to be players in Good Governance and Democracy as they have power to make changes.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all those who are directly or indirectly contributing to the successful achievement of our objectives. With your continued support we are quite sure that more will be achieved and challenges will be mitigated. Please let us know what you think about our project, and how we can strategically attract wider support.

Jun 28, 2010

GlobalGiving Update

With the Purpose of empowering women through sports, AKWOS in partnership with Global Giving and Mercy Corps , distributed Nike sport equipments to different women sport teams right from the grassroots. These included 60 rural women and girls sport teams from 20 selected Districts, 20 volley teams for women with disability, 30 primary school teams and 30 secondary school teams. This project has significantly increased the number of women teams with all basic equipments. We now have at least 20 volley teams for disabled women, within 20 Districts of the Country, there is in each District at least 1 football, Basketball and Volley ball team with all basic sport equipments, further more, so far in each District of the country there is a primary and secondary sport team with all basic sport materials.

The donation from Global Giving contributes a lot in the logistics activities when supplying sports materials to girls that have been identified as good players with no access to sports materials ,with the funds they are able to attend the training in time , refreshment and facilitates in mobilization of other girls that still has the culture mentality that sports is for boys.Many thanks goes to the donors from global giving for they have made a change in Rwandan Women’s mentality.

We are happy that Local Government Institutions continue to appreciate, our contribution to Women Empowerment through sports to the extent that AKWOS was awarded two tickets to go for the 2010 FIFA world Cup as a motivation to keep mobilizing women to participate in sport for social change.

Our program of promoting sports as catalyst for gender equity for social change needs to be strengthened and expanded so that it can benefit a large number of women. And for this particular case, we plan to advocate for the provision of more sports infrastructures, we plan to target many young girls in primary schools, to have trained coaches in all sports fields and all sectors of the country, and to conduct annual competitions for young girls in all sports fields at the whole country level.

An other impressive achievements so far, are the training of 50 primary schools women teachers from 50 rural schools in Gender Equity in Sports for Social Change. We can be proud of the positive impact this program have, where it led to the formation of girls associations for Anti-Aids, Anti-Gender Based Violence, Unity and Reconciliation Clubs and we now have young girls who were elected to be leaders, which were not the case before.

For the next 3 quarters, under this program we are organizing refresher training for 54 primary schools young girls and Interclass competitions. We really want to see rural schools in movement, girls with self confidence, with self esteem and hope for the future.

AKWOS is aware and thankful of the invaluable support of its donors and partners, and basing on that, we are confident that once again, with continued commitment by all of us, the challenges will be mastered and success will be assured. But please feel free to tell us what you think about our Project, what is needed to attract a wider support.

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Project Leader

Felicite Rwema

Founder, AKWOF
Kigali, Rwanda

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