Sport
 Rwanda
Project #2016

Sports to Empower Women & Girls in Rwanda

by Association of Kigali Women in Sports
Participants during the workshop
Participants during the workshop

A workshop was organized by AKWOS in the Western Province, Ngororero District for 32 women who are sexual workers and representing 234 others coming from 5 local Sectors. These women are between the age of 16-30 old. Their life is so hard that they have various difficulties

  • Many of them have given birth at early age and illegally and live the children with their grandmothers who also live in poverty level.
  • A great number of these women  abandoned schools early
  • Almost all of them are infected with HIV/AIDS.
  • Others are victims different kinds  of gender based violence.

The training took 3 days after which they elected their representative committee on each Sector. This will facilitate AKWOS to keep following their situation and provide them with all possible support.   

We encouraged them to join sports for self-confidence and hope for the future by interacting with different categories of people.

Practically, AKWOS will advocate for these women for their empowerment. for example:

  • To go back to school and continue their studies
  • To do some income generating activities such as hair-style treatment, animal husbandry, and cultivation…
  • To create sports teams and get sports equipments
  • To get more trainings on various themes such as Gender-based Violence, Children rights and Women rights, Reproductive Health, Fighting HIV/AIDS, Coaching, Self-employment, etc.

AKWOS will work with the local leaders to find out how we can improve their daily life for their development and their country’s at large.

The local governor with AKWOS Representative
The local governor with AKWOS Representative
AKWOS Representative talking to participants
AKWOS Representative talking to participants
Grassroots Soccer
Grassroots Soccer

AKWOS in partnership with Play for Hope and the National Football Federation organized a Workshop of Girls between 17 and 21 years on the role of Football to promote Leadership skills, Coaching, Refereeing and First Aid during training and Football Competitions. On the 6th April we were able to organize grassroots soccer for children from 5 to 10 years that was comprised of 200.

This was to test the participants to see if they were able to achieve the main objectives of the Workshop, whereby they were the leaders during grassroots exercises. We realized that as female grow on they have tendency of leaving the football; so it is in this regard that in any case they feel they can no longer play, they can still stay in the football World having the leading role in Soccer issues, because it was found that their more opportunities like earning their living on a professional level.

Football players
Football players
Mss Bazimaziki Veneranda sharing her experience
Mss Bazimaziki Veneranda sharing her experience

AKWOS visited Rulindo District in the Northern province of Rwanda whereby there is 15 Women Agricultural Cooperatives; of which AKWOS sensitized them on the Economic Empowerment and Improvement on the Sports activities. These women have participated in different Football tournaments and won Trophies. During this Entrepreneur Week, AKWOS was able to organize a Football match between different Women Cooperatives with a Delegation from ASHOKA, which was fun for both of them. Different reports were given from these women on how they improved their social and economical development which included crop production, animal husbandry such as poultry, piggery, goat keeping, and more. Crop production on terraces such as wheat, beans, peas, maize, sorghum, soya beans, ground nuts and many more. This was performed in collaboration with ASHOKA East-African Representative and Felicite RWEMARIKA who was recently elected also as an ASHOKA Fellow in Rwanda. According to the campaign of fighting malnutrition, these women looked healthy due to different messages on food nutrition and food security that they receive from AKWOS Facilitators on quarterly basis. Miss Bazimaziki Veneranda is one of AKWOS Women Coaches who is at the same time the President of these Women Agricultural Cooperatives. She was given a Certificate of recognition as top woman Entrepreneur and was rewarded with 200, 000 Rwanda francs. She has managed to develop different projects on Poultry, Restaurant and Bar , Plantations of Vegetables, Cows, Goats, and she has been able to approach the Bank and was given a Bank loan to buy a Lorry which will facilitate her to take her products to sell on a High Market. She is a mental to other women in confidence and creating more Football teams for their healthy being and interaction with the Community. She is a live example that many women want to be like her. She is so inspiring and role model in fighting poverty and contributing to the development of the country.

AKWOS Women Coaches learned new strategies to use
AKWOS Women Coaches learned new strategies to use

AKWOS in partnership with WOMEN WIN organized a 2 day workshop of training Women Coaches on Goal Curriculum. These coaches needed this training so that they strengthen their skills on the strategy of Empowering Young Girls on the following Modules: BE YOURSELF, BE HEALTHY, BE EMPOWERED and BE MONEY SAVVY. The Goal Curriculum Activity Guide simplifies the strategies of the activities needed to help girls understand better how to move forward. As the focal point of AKWOS come from all Provinces of Rwanda and went back with plan to use these modules in different schools starting with girls from 12 years old and above.

During the 2 days of the training, coaches were proud to share their daily experiences with young girls and from the new Goal Curriculum module their Skills were enriched. With the good performance of Women Win representatives (Manu and Nicole), AKWOS coaches were excited to learn new strategies that they will use for the Young Girls Empowerment. During the training, Mme Suzan Falatko, the Public Relations Officer at the U.S Embassy came over to encourage the trainers to keep up the passion they have to improve the well being of Girls preparing them to become the future leaders that will play a big role in the development of Rwanda as a Nation and across the Region. During the closing ceremony, AKWOS coaches promised to use the Goal Curriculum Modules as soon as they start school and this will help them to measure the impact.

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Women in Agricultural Cooperatives
Women in Agricultural Cooperatives

Association of Kigali Women in Sports visited the Mayor of Gisagara District of the Southern Province in the process of requesting Land for the women teams who were able to group themselves in Agricultural Cooperatives to improve their way of living and empower themselves economically.

AKWOS was promised by the local authorities a 5 hectare of land for the beginning and will increase as the need increases. The sports women identified the crop known as Cassava to be planted there as the soil is good for that crop. We know that Rwanda depends on Agriculture and most of women do the cultivation, then after the harvest men take over to sell the product convincing women that they are not aware of the market.

AKWOS was able to sensitize women that they can also take part in selling their products, join Saving and Credit Schemes and participate in the country development.

AKWOS trained women in sports to be the role model in sensitization of Nutrition. Women in the community believed that only well to do people take fruits and vegetables, so after the harvest they could sell off everything and leave nothing for their families, thus malnutrition was common.

AKWOS Staff insisted that the lack of Balanced diet leads to all sorts pf diseases, and spends all the profit rin paying hospital bills. the conclusion was that women sports took the decision of fighting malnutrition by eating away balanced diet to keep fit and healthy.

Dear donors, let us join hands to fight malnutrition and your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

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Association of Kigali Women in Sports

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

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