Kagame calls for protection of women's rights
Written by: Administrator
Friday, March 9th, 2018, 9:24
President Paul Kagame in his message for the International Women's Day said that widespread media reports on the violation of women's rights and freedoms should be an eye opener to world leaders to increase efforts directed towards the defence and promotion of women.
“The recent media attention to the disturbing experiences many women continue to live with is a wake-up call for all of us not to take the gains for granted. Indeed, there is still much more to do to ensure that women feel safe and enjoy equal opportunity,” said Kagame.
The President said that the day deserves to be celebrated because it's central to development. “Women are a cornerstone of prosperity for society as a whole. Even in situations of conflict, they are in a position to make unique contributions to peace and stability.”
President Kagame noted that it is a win-win situation for all citizens when we embrace the equality of women and men. “In pursuing this, it is important to act together. Not women on one side, and men on the other. After all, no one loses when women and girls experience equality and empowerment. there's no loss at all.”
Rwanda is a world leader in women’s emancipation with 64 per cent women in parliament. Women have led the country’s parliament since 2008 to date and most central institutions are headed by women.
But, high women’s representation has not translated to women’s economic empowerment with a considerable number of Rwandan women still lingering below the poverty level.