Women's Empowerment

Public Versus Private Realms: Women’s Empowerment in Rwanda

Posted on Blog on July 17, 2017

In the context of electoral gender parity, Rwanda is a fascinating case study. Women currently hold 55.7 percent of parliamentary seats in Rwanda, the highest percentage of women in national parliaments globally, and women also constitute half of the country’s 14-member supreme court. The catalyst for the country’s progress was the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. After the genocide, President Paul Kagame had to face the challenge of rebuilding a broken country with little remaining infrastructure and shattered political structures. Only 20 of Rwanda’s 785 judges survived the genocide, and none of the members of the post-genocide Transitional National Assembly had served in the previous government.

Today is Women's Equality Day!

Posted on Blog on August 26, 2016

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the work done by feminists in American history, while encouraging progression of women’s equality in both the public and private spheres of life. It is an important day to celebrate the contribution women have made to the diverse country we call home, as we continue to work towards a more inclusive nation.