Sports to Empower Women & Girls in Rwanda

 
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Mar 25, 2014

Workshop on Story Digital Telling

Women in training workshop
Women in training workshop

WORKSHOP ON STORY DIGITAL TELLING

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
Dec 20, 2013

Women Bicycle riding Competition to promote Agriculture

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
Aug 9, 2013

To stregthen the capacitiy for Women through sports for social change

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
Apr 9, 2013

Workshop on Training Girls as leaders in Football

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
Jan 15, 2013

The role of Sports and Entreprenuership for the Women empowerment

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.

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Project Leader

Felicite Rwema

Founder, AKWOF
Kigali, Rwanda

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