The Genocide in Rwanda

1001 WordsJul 15, 20185 Pages
Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, once quoted that, “When we are unified, working together, no challenge is insurmountable” (Arnlaugsdottir). His quote holds meaning and truth as within the past twenty years, Rwanda has worked miraculously to rebuild and reunite the country that was left disheveled by social conflict and genocide. There are many factors that have contributed to the reconstruction of Rwanda, including international assistance, gacaca courts and International Criminal Tribunal, annual commemoration ceremonies, and wellness and counseling efforts. However, the influence and role of women within Rwanda is considered one of the most significant forces and contributors to the unification and restoration of the country. The…show more content…
The genocide greatly impacted women and their roles in society. After the conclusion of the genocide, women of all backgrounds and experiences came together to transform and rebuild Rwanda. After all, women did make up a majority of the post-genocidal society. As a result, many women have been able to find roles in government and leadership that have enabled them to take a proactive stance to reforming and rebuilding the country. Rwanda could easily be considered one of the world’s leading examples of how empowering women can transform post-conflict societies. In 2003, the women of Rwanda gained a significant achievement in the means of being able to participate in government and reform efforts. A referendum was enacted in the country’s constitution that enforced that 30% representation of women in the levels of government (Powley). In the most recent 2013 election, in the lower house of the Rwandan parliament, women were elected to hold 64% of the seats while women were elected to hold 38.5% of the seats in the upper house (Republic of Rwanda). According to the Republic of Rwanda official website, these statistics rank Rwanda as #1 in the world for the highest number of women in parliament. These facts truly highlight the role of women today. As well, the influence of women go beyond political roles as they are also holding crucial positions of leadership in business, education, health, and other sectors affecting the lives of all Rwandans (Republic of Rwanda).

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