Grace – Rwanda’s first woman football-referee

by | Apr 1, 2021 | Gender equity | 0 comments

AKWOS (Organization of Women in Sports) is local Non-Governmental Organization that Felicite founded in 1998 with a mission to empower East-African Women through sports starting from Rwanda, in Education, gender equality, peace-building, conflict management and decision making.


  • My Name is Marie Grace NYINAWUMUNTU, I hold a Master’s degree in Physical Education and Sport.

    I am Rwanda’s first woman football-referee and women’s National Football coach. In my career as referee I always used both Red and Yellow cards to penalize the players but now; I use the white card to promote peace through sports in my field.

    As part of AKWOS (Organization or Women in Sports) staff, I use my knowledge about sport to inspire girls and women to not shy away from their dreams but instead use their talents in building a better life for themselves and their communities. I strongly believe that sport is a great tool to help girls and women become confident and agent of peace and sports.

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