On Sunday, 8th March 2020, Rwanda joined the rest of the World in celebrating the International Women’s Day under the theme: “Transformational change: Women at the Forefront” which means “Umugore ku ruhembe mu iterambere” in Kinyarwanda.
International Women’s Day was celebrated at Village level country wide while at national level celebrations took place in City of Kigali, Gasabo District, Remera Sector, Rukiri II Cell, Amahoro Village where cooking gaz heaters and tanks were given to 50 families of vulnerable women in saving groups. In a speech by the Guest of Honour , Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Prof. Jeannette Bayisenge said that as we are celebrating International Women’s Day, women are very thankful for the great leadership with His Excellence Paul Kagame on the top.
”With a strong gender responsive environment women have proven their abilities and are ready to continue exercise full potential in the transformational journey”, she added.
At International Women’s Day celebrations, the UN Resident Coordinator for Rwanda, Mr. Fodé Ndiaye applauded the Government of Rwanda for its political good will in mainstreaming Gender Equality in all its sectors, while calling for collective action and adequate financing to accelerate implementation of commitments made.
The International Women’s Day (IWD) was established by the United Nations in 1972. Three years later, Rwanda began together with the rest of the world celebrating this Day in 1975. Hence, Rwanda is celebrating 45th anniversary of International Women’s Day.