My name is Fanny, I am Communication officer at Peace and Sport since 2017. Every year, for the International Day of Sport for development and Peace, we conceive and design tools for people to get mobilized. This year, we wanted to enable people to give a strong and personal meaning to the WhiteCard, to tell us what the WhiteCard means to them.
When I read the stories posted on this page, I realize how deep and diverse the understanding of the WhiteCard is. All these messages give hope and pave the way to a better and fairer world.
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.
Felicite Rwemarika is International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member and Executive Director & Founder – Organization of Women in Sports (AKWOS)
It has been my dream to share AKWOS achievements and lessons learned to the East African Region and afar to promote sports; a universal language and tool that can be used to address global and societal concerns; which include conflicts through using sports as a channel and platform for peacebuilding and reconciliation.
En tant que Championne de la Paix, Marlène Harnois a joué un rôle actif dans le soutien et le mentorat des prodiges locaux du taekwondo Ruth Gbagbi et Cheick Cissé. Après leurs victoires historiques aux Jeux olympiques de Rio, Cheick et Ruth sont devenus des héros nationaux. Ils sont maintenant prêts pour les Jeux olympiques de Tokyo.
Animée par la volonté de contribuer au développement du sport en Afrique de l'Ouest, j'ai lancé la Fondation Heart Angel à Abidjan, en 2014. Deux ans plus tard, Cheick Cissé a remporté la 1ère médaille d'or olympique et Ruth Gbagbi est devenue la 1ère médaillée olympique féminine de l'histoire de la Côte d'Ivoire.
Vital Yamuremye, 35 years old, is Sport Simple coordinator with Peace and Sport. He is also teaching at the School of Excellence of Makamba, Burundi.
“As a teacher, you have to be a guide, an educator by transmitting positive values in addition to the subjects taught at school and in academic curricula. The best gift ever is to see your students improving.”
Eric Nzohabonayo, 35 years old, is teaching at Nyabigina high school, Makamba province, Burundi. After school, he leads weekly peace-through-sport activities for children in the framework of Peace and Sport Methodology.
“I believe that sharing positive values especially non-violence and respect through sport is very important but it is also very appropriate because, through sport, young people learn in a playful atmosphere and with greater motivation. Young people who adhere to the methodology start to behave better and are less violent and more respectful than others.”