A delegation of 20 women from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are here to witness how the country got back on its feet after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
The women from the DRC Civil Society were, yesterday, hosted by the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Dr Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya who briefed them on the progress.
The Minister told them about the various government programmes aimed at lifting vulnerable groups out of poverty including VUP Umurenge, One Cow per Family-Girinka, the EDPRS and the vision 2020.
Mujawamariya told the Congolese delegation that the programmes have incorporated women, who have equally benefited and contributed to the progress.
“After the war, victims had to recover and for that to happen, the government had to strategize its interventions and activities, hence coming up with programmes aimed at eradicating poverty and creating wealth,” Mujawamariya said.
She explained that for the Government to work hand-in-hand with the civil society, there has to be political will and each party has to play its role in the development of the country and the focus has to be “peoples’ interests” and accountability.
The Minister emphasised that “accountability” is one of the key pillars for our development.
She advised the delegation to go back home and collaborate with their Government by initiating partnerships that would improve the welfare of the people.
The Congolese delegation will visit various women’s projects across the country.