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.
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.
On 29th November 2011,
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.
The above are examples of what we have been doing in 2011. So we hope that with the ongoing kind support and help from our donors we shall achieve more and more in the upcoming days. We are so grateful to them and may God bless all of you.
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.
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.
The 2003 Magglingen Declaration recommended the inclusion of women, girls and other marginalized groups in sports initiatives as a priority. In 1998 the 2nd World Conference on Women and Sport in Windhoek, Namibia made a “Call to Action” for increased cooperation between women’s organizations and recognized the role of sport in the advancement of girls and women.
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