Meet the Match
Rwandan Lawyer Fights for Rights and Inclusion
Growing up in Rwanda, Jean Baptiste saw firsthand the realities that persons with disabilities face. Members in his community see people like him as incapable of contributing to society, which is magnified by the country’s inaccessible sport facilities and lack of adaptive equipment and inclusive programming. However, as a lawyer with the National Union of Disability Organizations in Rwanda, Jean Baptiste works diligently to improve the conditions of persons with disabilities and specializes in legal rights advocacy.
With his personal and professional background, Jean Baptiste aims to use sport as a tool for social integration and empowerment. For GSMP: Sport for Community 2019, Jean Baptiste will be mentored by Larry Labiak, Disability Policy Officer, and his team at the Chicago Park District in Chicago, IL.