Project #2016

Sports to Empower Women & Girls in Rwanda

by Association of Kigali Women in Sports
Youths have been trained for the upcoming program
Youths have been trained for the upcoming program

AKWOS is keeping on empowering not only Women but also Youth through various initiatives focusing on its mission to strengthen their capacities and improve their lives. Thus we organized a workshop with ASHOKA staff in East Africa in preparation of the Rwanda Youth Venture Program 2015.

The workshop took place in the weekend of 10 to 12 October 2014 in Kigali View Hotel. The main purpose of this workshop was to train the youth to develop their social and business skills I entrepreneurship, strengthen their innovative ideas in order to fight poverty.

This idea came after realizing that thousands of youth are graduating with limited chances of getting jobs. Then we came up with the great idea of “RWANDA YOUTH VENTURE PROGRAM” that we shared and want to implement in Rwanda, in collaboration with ASHOKA.

For this workshop, AKWOS was able to sensitize 100 youths after who will be trained as mentors, after which they will engage 10 youths per each ready to launch this new idea in January 2015 with 1000 youths across the country. These numbers involve both girls and boys between 12 and 22 years of age.

Girls teams before the match
Girls teams before the match


AKWOS organized a Young Girls Football Teams Competition which were selected in different schools and Football academies that took place on 28th and 29th May 2014, with the main objective of Prevention of HIV/AIDS which was sponsored by CUAH (Churches United Against HIV/AIDS) and NOSCR (National Olympic and Sport Committee of Rwanda)

After the tournament different messages were passed from someone who is a seropositive just as a testimony to give awareness to the youth and mobilizing them to go for free Testing so that they are aware of their status, in case some are found positive to go for treatment and those found negative to gain knowledge on how to stay safe and not to isolate those infected because they can still live longer, study, and contribute to the country’s development.

About 200 youth were tested and learnt more about HIV prevention.

All the Football teams that participated were given presents and the winning team received a Trophy. At the end of the event, the players and the community at large were sensitized about the rights of Girls to play and were told that a good player needs to be healthy and physically fit.

A great public was attracted by the match
A great public was attracted by the match
A seropositive giving testimony about HIV/AIDS
A seropositive giving testimony about HIV/AIDS
Akwos Staff were delighted with Girls playing
Akwos Staff were delighted with Girls playing
Women competing on bicycle riding
Women competing on bicycle riding

  In preparation of the 20th commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide against the Tusti, AKWOS    organized a 3 days workshop for Women  leaders from different Cells in Rukumberi  Sector of the Eastern Province  on their role to fight the Ideology of Genocide never to happen again .This took place from the  1st April and ended on the 3rd with different sports activities  such as Women bicycle riding  ,a football match and a sketch on Unity and Reconciliation as the main tool to unite Rwandan, learning from the past to build a brilliant future.  About 5000 spectators participated in support of the activity.


During the 3 days workshop below are the following topics that were tackled:

  • The role of professional communication,
  • Sensitization,
  • Role of each Rwandan to promote the culture of peace and support to the vulnerable during the mourning period,
  • The role of sports for social change, teamwork and unity,
  • Rules and regulations during Football match.

Women were given the importance to promote sports activities for their physical fitness, heal of trauma, and discuss more about NDI UMUNYARWANDA policy.

The participants were 45 women in number:

  • A woman representing CNF (Commission Nationale de la Femme) from each cell,
  • A woman representing the CNJ (Commission Nationale de la Jeunesse) from each cell,
  • A woman in charge of social affairs in each area(Umudugudu)
  • A woman representing IBUKA,
  • A woman representative of CNF in the sector.

All the trainers completed the training with a mandate to sensitize their community.

On the closing day, a big gathering of about 5000 people came to watch the sketch and to listen to different messages from the invited dignitaries: the Executive Secretary of Rukumberi Sector, the representative of Ngoma district, the Rwanda National Commission of Unity and Reconciliation, AKWOS Executive Director, the National Police and the representative of Rwanda Governance Board who was our Guest of Honor. In their speeches they all appreciated the good initiative from AKWOS which contributes to the Government policies more to that it is the responsibility of every Rwandan to promote security and to know their rights and never to listen to any person bringing differences. Most of the messages passed were emphasizing to Unity and Reconciliation through Sports.

As mentioned above. 20 women competed on bicycle riding and each one was given a prize of loincloth (Igitenge) and an envelope enclosed with some cash. And the 2 football teams that participated, the wining team received 2 balls with an envelope of cash and the second team received 1 ball and some cash, whereas the National Women Representative Council received also 1 ball and the sector also received a ball as a sign to start promoting sports.

There was also a drama which was played as a sketch which attracted a big gathering to emphasize NDI UMUNYARWANDA policy (standing for “BEING PROUD OF WHO WE ARE AND FIGHTING DISCRIMINATION”.   

The event was closed with visible excitement of all participants. They all praised the great initiative of AKWOS, requesting for more seminars and sports tournaments for the interest of Rukumberi Community. This sector was chosen as our focal point because it is one of the most victims of 1994 Genocide against Tusti. 

AKWOS Executive Director Launching the competition
AKWOS Executive Director Launching the competition
The local leaders were there to support us
The local leaders were there to support us
Trained women giving their message to the public
Trained women giving their message to the public
Women in training workshop
Women in training workshop


WOMEN WIN in Partnership with AKWOS organized a 5-days workshop on the story digital telling which helped AKWOS members to testify their experience concerning Gender-Based Violence in a very short time. The workshop sessions were held in Akwos offices at Amahoro Nation Stadium. The participants have benefited from the skills of 2 Women Win agents and they really appreciate the subject. They were trained on recording their stories so that in case they need to listen to their testimony or send it to other people they can show them how they overcame the bad experience using Sports as a tool. During the training they could do exercises recording some of their regular experience with young girls.The training was done by using Audacity application as a tool. among trainees there were AKWOS coaches from different district across our country. So as to conclude the workshop, AKWOS Executive Director thanked a lot WOMEN WIN for their good partnership and called AKWOS members who were trained to use the gained knowledge into practice in order to go on being the voice of young girls and women in fighting GBV.

Some AKWOS Coaches participated in the workshop
Some AKWOS Coaches participated in the workshop
Rural women riding bicycles
Rural women riding bicycles

AKWOS organized Women Bicycle ride competition. The theme was the Role of Sports to promote Women in Agriculture sector to build up their economical empowerment. It took place on 28th November 2013 in the Eastern province for 50 women in different agriculture cooperatives. This attracted about 3000 people both men and women who came to cheer up the women riding bicycles.

Women gave testimonies on how far they have gone to fight poverty and to become self-independent. They mentioned that sports has been a great value for their self-estim health, teamwork and promote unity and reconciliation.

The local leader expressed their gratitude to AKWOS for empowering women in rural areas and giving them support both technically, morally and physically.

Women develop into Agriculture Cooperatives
Women develop into Agriculture Cooperatives
Rural women build up their economical empowerment
Rural women build up their economical empowerment

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Association of Kigali Women in Sports

Location: Kigali - Rwanda
Website: http:/​/​
Association of Kigali Women in Sports
Project Leader:
Felicite Rwema
Founder, AKWOF
Kigali, Rwanda

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