A delegation of Ethiopian members of parliament visited Rwanda recently, in order to share experience with Rwandan counterparts on how Rwanda, a country still recovering from the wounds of 1994 genocide against the Tutsi has made a tremendous achievement in empowering women.
Senior political leaders of women MPs of the Leadership Parliamentary Caucus from Ethiopia visited Rwanda on a working tour to learn from Rwanda’s achievement in women empowerment, gender equality and gender mainstreaming.
One of the delegation members, Deputy Minister in-charge of Government Affairs, Roman Gselessi told the Rwandan counterparts the reason the MPs chose to learn from Rwanda out of many African countries, is because of Rwanda’s good leadership.
Rwanda’s Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Aloyse Inyumba remarked that Rwanda has made tremendous progress from the horrible past.
“Unbelievable how Rwanda has looked past the shatters and wounds of the 1994 genocide, and focused on development,” said Inyumba.
“Rebuilding the country was the biggest challenge, and getting to this level of development wasn’t easy especially ensuring that men and women, boys and girls enjoy equal opportunities in order to realize their production potential,” she added.
The MPs were also shown how Rwanda managed the women and girls’ month which brings all stakeholders together and tackle issues relating to economic empowerment of women and children, fighting gender based violence, violence against women and girls, fighting malnutrition and girl child education.