Mrs Felicite<br>RWEMARIKA

Mrs Felicite

Entry in the IOC



9 March 1958


Diploma in Nursing, Mulago Hospital (Uganda) (1985); Diploma in Business Administration, Cambridge College Online (2007)


Medical nurse in Mulago Hospital (Uganda) (1985-1995); Founder of two businesses – a beauty salon and a restaurant (1997-2004)

Sports administration

Founder, Chair and legal representative of AKWOS (Association of Kigali Women in Sports). (2003-); Board member of the international women’s organisation “Women Win” (2007-2011); Executive and Advisor of the RNOSC (Rwanda National Olympic and Sports Committee) (2013-2017); Vice President of the Rwanda National Olympic Committee (2018-2022); President for the Women’s Football Commission in the Rwandan Football Federation (FERWAFA) (2017- 2018), Rwanda Women and Sports Commission (2013-)

Membership of other associations

Country coordinator (2004-2008) then Chair (2009-) of “We Act for Hope” NGO; Chair of the Rwanda NGO forum on HIV & AIDS and Health Promotion (2015-)

Other activities

Organising of international conferences on gender equality through sport for social change; Main speaker at the American University of Nigeria on unity and reconciliation through sport; Chair of the Women’s Council at district level
On the national level, organising workshops and seminars to raise awareness and promote sport as a powerful tool for peace-building, conflict resolution, gender equality, and economic empowerment, starting in schools and other communities

Awards and distinctions

Selected as and made an Ashoka Fellow (2012); Awards from the Stars Foundation and from Girls Collective (2015); IOC Award for Women and Sport on the African continent (2016)

IOC History

Member of the following commissions: Sport and Active Society Commission (2017-2021); Olympism 365 (2022-); Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (2022-); Delegate Member for Sport for Persons with Disabilities (2022-)