Rwanda’s capital, Kigali has been nominated among the finalists for the first edition of the Wellbeing City Award, an award that recognizes cities placing wellbeing at the center of urban design, planning, and policies.
Being the only African city among the last 16, it was nominated in the public health category. Under Paul Kagame’s leadership, Rwanda continues to grow as one of Africa’s Best role model countries.
According to the News-Times, the car-free day initiative has been seen as a major push for Kigali to be considered for such an award. The city dedicates the first and third Sundays of the month as car-free days, during which a number of roads are closed to allow residents to engage in physical exercise from 7 am to 10 am.
People are encouraged to walk, run or ride bicycles among other activities, with health checkups for different health complications.
According to Ventures Africa report, in November 2018 there was a call for submission of wellbeing initiatives that cities were implementing. The city of Kigali submitted the Kigali Car Free Day initiative in the category of public health, as said by Advisor to the Mayor of Kigali, Bruno Rangira.
Take a look at these 3 reasons that made Kigali be shortlisted for the 2019 Wellbeing City Award:
- The 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month are car-free days in Kigali to encourage citizens to walk, run, bike and exercise.
- The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, and The Mayor Of Kigali, Marie-Chantal Rwakazina, are very proactive about the health of their citizens.
- Public Health awareness in Rwanda is on the rise with more citizens establishing health initiatives and more knowledge on health and well-being circulating the country. Very Recently, Paul Kagame banned skin bleaching products from the country.
Launched in September 2018, the Wellbeing City Award is the world’s first global competition recognizing city-led action on urban wellbeing.
More than 100 cities from 27 countries and six continents were considered for the award. Only 16 cities made it to the final list which has four categories of awards.
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