Hibernian Football Club Edinburgh supports Association-of-Kigali-Women-in-sports-Rwanda (AKWOS)

In 2009 Hibernian Football Club, Edinburgh gifted football strips for Rwanda

John Huges 2009 handing over a gift of strips for  AKWOS in Rwanda

John Huges 2009 handing over a gift of strips for AKWOS in Rwanda

The strips were taken there as part of the inaugural North Berwick Youth trip in 2009 lead by Allan Walker founder of Build Rwanda

AKWOS proudly receiving the strips

AKWOS proudly receiving the strips

The founder of AKWOS (Association-of-Kigali-women-in-sports-Rwanda) , Felicite Rwemalika, saw football as a powerful instrument to re-engage girls and women and empower them. Since 2001 she has successfully introduced football in all provinces of Rwanda. Playing football on a team with a mix of Hutu and Tutsi, these women learn to depend on each other to win and to find reconciliation in the camaraderie. AKWOS also focuses on reproductive health, economic empowerment, promotion of women’s rights, and addressing and overcoming the trauma of gender-based violence.

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