A Pilot Project in Rwanda

Mary Harvey, Chief Executive of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights had the honour of meeting with Espérance Nyirasafari, Rwanda’s Minister for Sports and Culture. The Minister shared the Government’s vision of all Rwandans benefiting from sports.  Towards this end, her Ministry is giving priority to the development of sports at the local level, reaching children through schools, and addressing barriers to accessing sports. Government is currently in the process of developing a strategy for gender mainstreaming in sports.  The meeting concluded with the Centre committing to collaborate with the Ministry, the Commonwealth Games Association and the National Commission for Human Rights on actions to ensure that the rights of children are protected in sports and that more girls, women and persons with disabilities are protected and have access to sport. This will be a fantastic opportunity to reach grassroots sport, and pilot the types of engagement we at the Centre can foster between the world of sport and human rights experts.

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