Avoid conflicts, Mrs Kagame tells women

KIGALI - The First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame has called on women to refrain from conflicts in order to concentrate on economic activities. While closing a three-month training for 420 ‘peace’ basket weavers yesterday, Mrs Kagame asked women to lead by example in their respective communities. She said by doing so, they would win trust and respect from the public.“You should be characterised by love and hard work as you strive to accomplish your set goals,” she told the trainees at Kicukiro Centre.
Mrs Kagame receives a gift from the Executive Secretary of Kicukiro Sector, Marie Rose Nirera, yesterday. (Photo/G. Barya)
Mrs Kagame receives a gift from the Executive Secretary of Kicukiro Sector, Marie Rose Nirera, yesterday. (Photo/G. Barya)

KIGALI - The First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame has called on women to refrain from conflicts in order to concentrate on economic activities.While closing a three-month training for 420 ‘peace’ basket weavers yesterday, Mrs Kagame asked women to lead by example in their respective communities.
She said by doing so, they would win trust and respect from the publi “You should be characterised by love and hard work as you strive to accomplish your set goals,” she told the trainees at Kicukiro Centre.

“The success or failure of the association will depend on your own determination.” The trainees are all members of Gicumbi Association of Kicukiro District in Kigali.

Mrs Kagame urged women to be visionary, adding that any job done with humility and patience can lead to prosperity.

Francis Gatare, the Director General of Rwanda Investment and Export Promotion Agency (RIEPA), reiterated the government’s commitment towards increasing women’s economic empowerment through production of baskets (ubuseke).

Gatare said Rwanda baskets are on high demand internationally.

“There are already markets in the US and the UK. Many more countries in Asia have expressed interest in buying our baskets because they are unique and beautiful,” he said. 

Kigali City Mayor Dr Aisa Kirabo Kacyira said that basket-weaving projects have played a big role in nurturing women into more responsible parents.

                                                      
She added that unlike in the past, women today easily access basic needs and are contributing to the country’s economy.

She said that a basket-weaving complex valued at Frw1.8 billion would soon be constructed in Kimihurura, Kigali.

The building will boost the production of ‘peace’ baskets, she added.

Through the AGOA initiative, Rwandans export locally made baskets to the US.

The baskets are commonly known as peace baskets in reference to their contribution to the country’s healing process following the 1994 Genocide.

Gender Minister Valerie Nyirahabineza and the State Minister for Industry and Investment Promotion, Vincent Karega attended the function.

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