Rwanda ranks number one in the world when it comes to number of women in parliament with a total of 64% of seats occupied by women. Despite this, there are still strong social and cultural norms that prevent women’s full participation. Just like us, I am sure you want to see real changes for women in Rwanda. This is why Kvinna till Kvinna is working to increase women’s participation in politics, economics and in conflict resolution in Rwanda.
In 1994, the Genocide against the Tutsi took place in Rwanda. In three months, one million people were murdered and an estimated three million fled their homes. Rwanda’s women’s rights organisations helped rebuild society again after the Genocide. These organisations were instrumental in drafting a new constitution that guarantees that at least 30% of all positions in decision-making bodies are held by women.
A number of laws strengthening women’s rights and political participation have been passed since the Genocide. One example is the inheritance law that has been amended to ensure equal rights to inheritance for both women and men. However, outdated traditions, norms and values still act to prevent women from enjoying their rights in practice.
Violence against women is another area that Kvinna till Kvinna will address in Rwanda. According to the National institute of Statistics, 41% of women above the age of 15 have experienced physical violence and one in five have been sexually abused, often at the hands of a family member. Furthermore, many women believe that spousal violence is justified if they, for example, burn the food. With your support we can work towards stopping violence against women in all its forms.
Together we can do this by strengthening the women’s movement and those organisations that are working for women’s rights. Women must be present where decisions are made, and their opinions need to be listed to. Women’s rights should be respected, and women given space to advocate for their rights without fear of repercussions.
Policies and laws enhancing women’s power and influence are increasing gender equality in Rwanda. Through our work, Kvinna till Kvinna want to ensure that these benefits reach all women, including the most marginalized.
Kvinna till Kvinna has worked in Eastern DRC – that borders on Rwanda – since 2009. Our office in Rwanda is in the capital city, Kigali.
Senast uppdaterad: 2017-11-27