Project #2016

Sports to Empower Women & Girls in Rwanda

by Association of Kigali Women in Sports

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.


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.

Mukamabano Valentine testimony
Mukamabano Valentine testimony
ASHOKA ChangeMaker workshop
ASHOKA ChangeMaker workshop
Women in riding bicycles
Women in riding bicycles
Women football team
Women football team
Girls' team



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 ...).



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.

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 .




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.


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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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