KIREHE - Several women and men last week participated in the construction of classrooms in Musasa sector in Kirehe District during celebrations to mark the International Rural Women’s Day.
As part of the celebrations, women representatives and government officials joined area residents in the construction process which included laying the classrooms’ foundation.
Addressing hundreds of residents, who had braved the scotching sun, at Musasa sector, Senator Marie Mukantabana, noted that each country celebrates the day in a way that befits the chosen theme.
“We have been involved in classroom construction activities, because it is relevant to our theme of the day. Women on this day are reminded of their role in development of the country,” she said.
Officials observed that the day is in recognition of the importance of rural women, while reflecting on the problems they encounter in their daily life.
The rights of a rural woman were emphasised and all stakeholders reminded of their obligations to ensure that rural women stop being victims of traditional stereotypes and prejudice.
At the function, the president of the National Women’s Council, Diane Gashumba, reiterated the importance of women in society.
“When you care for women, you indirectly cater for others and the entire nation at large. The day thus is so significant in the development of our nation…,” she said.
During the celebrations a local association, Nzambazamariya Veneranda Association, was commended for its role in the development of rural women.
The association was formed in honour of the former Rwanda women activist, Veneranda Nzambazamariya who died in a plane crash, while travelling from Ivory Coast.