KIGALI, (Xinhua) --
The International Women’s Day was marked
Wednesday in Rwanda with a call to close the gender gap.
the national celebrations in Nyabihu, in western Rwanda,
First Lady Jeannette Kagame said national development
cannot be achieved if the biggest percent of the
population is excluded.
up 52 percent of the about 12 million of Rwanda’s
Lady observed that Rwandan women’s capacity cannot be
doubted because women are already key contributors in
women are in the public sector, been elected into
leadership positions, in private sector business and in
security organs, she said.
Up to 64
percent of Rwandan parliamentarians are women, highest
proportion of any parliament in the world.
celebrate International Women’s Day, we also take the
time to reflect and celebrate great achievements
accomplished by Rwandan women. We remember the
incredible strides that have made Rwanda one of the
pioneers in championing efforts that promote and
advocate causes for women and girls,” the First Lady
International Women’s Day is dedicated to the continued
fight for gender parity and global celebration of the
achievements of women in society.
rights are enshrined in Rwanda’s Constitution.
recalled that after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi,
Rwandan women were left to pick up the pieces left
themselves as widows, having to assume the role as heads
of households. A new responsibility arose, as women were
not only taking up roles as heads of their households,
but securing positions of leadership in the country,”
years of hard work and dedication, women in Rwanda have
helped the country cement its place in history as a
country that not only takes pride but sets the standard
in promoting and advocating women’s causes.”
activities are lined up across the country in March
2017, a month dedicated to further empowering women in
Rwanda. The activities include family planning
awareness, education, early childhood development
initiatives and sanitation.
Lady meanwhile urged concerted efforts to check the
problem of teenage pregnancies.
among teenage girls in Rwanda rose from 6.1 percent to
7.3 per cent, according to the demographic and health
hailed development partners and government institutions
involved in the promotion of women and girls
Resident Coordinator in Rwanda Lamin Manneh noted that
though there is a lot to celebrate in Rwanda with regard
to women empowerment there is still long way to go for
the country to reach UN’s Planet 50-50 goal.