Rwandan women will continue to rise and inspire the world

At the outset, please allow me to congratulate Swanee Hunt, author and former US Ambassador on the launch of her book titled "Rwandan Women Rising". The book covers stories of seventy women who overcame brutality, loss and challenges to rebuild Rwandan society.

Editor,

RE: “American diplomat publishes book about Rwandan women” (The New Times, June 12.)

 

At the outset, please allow me to congratulate Swanee Hunt, author and former US Ambassador on the launch of her book titled “Rwandan Women Rising”.

 

The book covers stories of seventy women who overcame brutality, loss and challenges to rebuild Rwandan society.

 

But, in reality, it will be more than seventy times seven women who would have gone through such trauma and have emerged victorious.

A salute to all these brave women, those covered in the book and those whose stories remain untold.

Rwandan women will continue to rise and inspire the world.

These women have inspired Almas Shafiuddin, founder of XPRESS HER, to bring to this beautiful land of a thousand hills, a renowned celebrity singer, Suhail Zargar, to perform live and sing his very own composition of song for Rwanda, which he has most aptly titled “Remarkable Rwanda”

Shafiuddin has not only been inspired by Rwandan women, but will look forward to imbibing some of their best practices and also forging collaborations and partnerships when she arrives into the country later this week.

In conclusion, I am reminded of what pastor Dr (Fr) Clifton Lobo said earlier this year, when he led 22 Indian Pilgrims in prayer at the Holy Land of Kibeho and said, “the world needs to learn from Rwanda”

Indeed, this small, yet beautiful country, located in the heart of the African continent, can teach the world a lesson or two when it comes to resilience, reconciliation, good governance, ease of doing business and zero tolerance to corruption.

Clarence Fernandes

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