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President of Inter-Parliamentary Union, Duarte Pacheco delivers remarks at the 145th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union that is underway in Kigali from October 11 to 15. Village Urugwiro (The New Times)
Friday, October 21, 2022
Gender-sensitive parliaments can help end conflicts – IPU president
More women parliamentarians can play a major role in addressing global security conflicts, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) president, Duarte Pacheco, has said. Speaking Monday October 11, at a press conference on the side-lines of the ongoing IPU’s...
How did Rwanda become no.1 for gender equality? IPU
Friday, October 21, 2022
How did Rwanda become no.1 for gender equality?
In 2008, the Rwanda Chamber of Deputies was the first elected national parliament where women were the majority. The proportion of MPs who are women is at 61.25% today, way above the current global average of 26.4%. Rwanda has been at the top of the...
World female parliamentarians vow to empower girls (Xinhua)
Saturday, October 15, 2022
World female parliamentarians vow to empower girls
KIGALI, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- Female Members of Parliament under the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) vowed to prioritize the empowerment of girls in societies. "We have a responsibility to ensure that the empowerment of girls is a top priority and...
145th IPU Assembly and related meetings (IPU logo)
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
145th IPU Assembly and related meetings
At the invitation of the Parliament of the Republic of Rwanda, the 145th Assembly of the IPU and its related meetings will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from Tuesday, 11 to Saturday, 15 October 2022. All IPU statutory bodies, including the Governing...
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Women make up 52% of the Cabinet in Rwanda. Here’s why it’s a big deal
By Lerato Mogoatlhe Rwanda celebrated another victory for gender representation on Nov. 5 when President Paul Kagame reshuffled his cabinet — and in the process, increased the number of female ministers from from 26 to 27. As a result, the country...
Thursday, November 07, 2019
How women are stepping up to remake Rwanda
Rwanda’s Genocide Museum is a haunting place, one of the memorials in the capital city of Kigali that commemorate a hundred days of terrifying tribal conflict in 1994. The horror was triggered after Hutu extremists blamed Tutsi rebels for the...
Friday, October 11, 2019
Rwanda sets new world record on female representation in parliament
Rwanda has broken its current world record of 64 per cent female representation in Parliament, setting a new one of 67.5 per cent. Out of 80 seats, women now occupy 54 seats, a new world record for female representation in Parliament globally. The...
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...

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