Sports to Promote Women's Rights in Rwanda

by Association of Kigali Women in Sports
Jan 12, 2012

Competition of Women riding bicycles

Women in riding bicycles
Women in riding bicycles

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.


Mukamabano Valentine giving testimony
Mukamabano Valentine giving testimony
Women football team
Women football team
ASHOKA ChangeMaker workshop
ASHOKA ChangeMaker workshop
Football match to campaign against GBV
Football match to campaign against GBV



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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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