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Friday, May 03, 2019
In the aftermath of genocide, Rwanda’s women have transformed the country
By Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Swanee Hunt, Twenty-five years ago, a savage genocide ripped apart Rwanda, a tiny nation in the heart of Africa. This month’s observance of the genocide that killed almost a million focused, as it should have, on those...
Thursday, January 10, 2019
2018 left Rwandans with a more inclusive parliament
One of the hallmarks of post-Genocide Rwanda is inclusive politics. The year 2018 brought about more gains as far as political plurality is concerned, at least in the Chamber of Deputies where two new opposition parties won seats. And this is...
Friday, October 19, 2018
Kagame reshuffles Cabinet in Rwanda, women take up more slots
President Paul Kagame yesterday reshuffled his cabinet, making broad changes in a trimmed cabinet, in which women comprise 50 per cent. The members of cabinet have also reduced from 31 down to 26. The changes were announced yesterday by the Prime...
Friday, September 07, 2018
Rwanda: Women to take 61 per cent of seats in the next Chamber of Deputies
Women will take 61 per cent of seats in the next Lower House of Parliament (Chamber of Deputies) going by the latest results from this week’s parliamentary elections. The National Electoral Commission (NEC) released provisional results from this...
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Revisiting Rwanda five years after record-breaking parliamentary elections
Five years back something historic happened. The 2013 Rwandan Parliamentary elections ushered in a record-breaking 64 per cent of seats for women candidates, making Rwanda the top country for women in politics. The incredible progress was spurred by...
Friday, May 11, 2018
Rwanda: Call for Renewed Political Will to Bridge Gender Gaps in All Sectors
As African countries push for respect and promotion of gender equality, political will is key to accelerate attainment of gender equality on the continent. The remarks were made Thursday by Donatille Mukabalisa, the Speaker of Parliament, while...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Policy Brief: Advancing Women’s Caucuses in Legislatures
Women’s caucuses are particularly useful for strengthening the voice of an under-heard constituency. They increase the confidence of female legislators, who often have less political experience than male colleagues, by providing a vehicle for...
Friday, February 19, 2016
Rwanda Enacts Friendly Law for New Mothers
Rwanda, leader on women’s political empowerment, have recently passed a new law giving rights to new mothers. Thus, the new maternity protection law gives mothers a one year leave plus a payment that equals 100% of the salary. According to Yvonne...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Rwanda: Kagame - Women Empowerment More Than Just the Number of Women in Leadership
President Paul Kagame has said that women's 64 per cent representation in Rwanda's Lower House should not be seen as an end in itself with regard to women empowerment in the country. He was speaking yesterday on the last day of the summer summit of...
Women in Rwanda
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Background Information on Sexual Violence used as a Tool of War, Rwanda
"Sexual violence in conflict needs to be treated as the war crime that it is; it can no longer be treated as an unfortunate collateral damage of war." — UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Zainab Hawa Bangura The victims of...
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Rwanda: Minister Gasinzigwa Calls for More Women in Peace-Keeping Missions
The call was made on Tuesday by the Minister for Gender and Family Promotion, Oda Gasinzigwa at the closure of a two-day workshop on building capacity of prisons warders on international peacekeeping missions. The workshop attracted delegates from...
Friday, November 15, 2013
Rwanda: Women Leaders Elect New Representatives to Council
The National Women Council (NWC) has elected two new members to its board. Beatrice Mukasine and Liberatha Kakuze were elected to the council executive for a five-year term during a general assembly on Thursday at Nyandungu in Kigali. Mukasine was...
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Women Who Made It to Parliament, Rwanda
The just concluded parliamentary elections featured women who didn't ask for equality and leadership to be handed to them on a platter. They chose to fight it out with male candidates for their respective positions. They spent weeks of vigorous...
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Women at the forefront as Rwanda heads to the polls
Rwandans will vote next week in parliamentary elections set to bring women to the forefront. Rwanda has the world’s highest proportion of female political representatives and it’s an achievement women are determined to build on. Marie Médiatrice...
Friday, August 30, 2013
Rwanda: Women Candidates Hit Campaign Trail With Pomp
Candidates aspiring to join parliament on the women ticket have since Monday campaigned in different districts upcountry. A total of women have hit the campaign trail in the race for the 24 slots reserved for women, in a college vote that will take...
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Rwanda: Over 400 to Compete for 80 Parliamentary Seats
The National Electoral Commission (NEC) yesterday released the final list of candidates who will run in the September 16 parliamentary elections, exactly a week ahead of the campaign trail. The majority of outgoing MPs are on the final list in the...
Monday, August 05, 2013
Parliamentary Elections in Rwanda
Thirty percent of all indirectly elected Senators must be female. Party-lists can contain no more than 80 candidates. Twenty-seven members are indirectly elected. Twenty-four seats are reserved for women, two are elected by the National Youth...
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Rwanda: Women Poised to Retain Majority in Parliament
With constitutional quotas for interest group seats in their favour and all political parties legally bound to respect women's quota of at least 30 per cent of their parliamentary nominees, women may retain or even widen their majority in the...