The latest UN Women report released on Wednesday, in New York, once again positions Rwanda as the country with the highest representation of women in politics and participation in the development of their country.
51 percent of parliamentarians are women - the highest level of women representation anywhere in the world. The report also shows that where women have attained a critical mass in parliament, laws and policies that advance women’s rights have been successfully instituted.
Despite the strides taken in various countries to guarantee gender equality, the report also highlights that women globally continue to face injustice, violence and inequality in their homes and working lives.
While the general standard of living for women in the world has improved significantly, there are still women who are abused or denied rights to property and land among other injustices.
Historically, women were disadvantaged in several ways. Rwanda has changed this trend and women are treated equally as men and this has enabled them to contribute remarkably to national development.
Their quality of life has improved and they have gone on to spearhead the fight against Gender Based Violence which was a hindrance to their progress.
Women’s contribution to national development cannot be underestimated. They have proven to be effective managers and capable politicians as well as competent professionals in all sectors.
Despite the enormous successes, we should not be complacent.
Efforts to sensitize the population on the role and capabilities of women should be sustained.
There are financial institutions today that have special packages for women to help them start up income generation projects.
Through such initiatives, we can support the women to fully realize their potential.