On Sunday, 8th March 2020, Rwanda will join the rest of the World in celebrating the International Women’s Day. This year, Rwanda will celebrate this Day under the theme: “Transformational change: Women at the Forefront” which means “Umugore ku ruhembe mu iterambere” in Kinyarwanda.
International Women’s Day will be celebrated at Village level country wide while at national level celebrations will take place in Gasabo District, City of Kigali.
The overall objective of the celebration of the International Women’s Day is to reflect on the registered achievements in empowering women and giving them space to actively participate in National development, and their role in resolving issues still faced by the Rwandan families. It will also be an opportunity to examine the existing challenges that women are still facing and make new commitment to work together as men and women towards building a secured and prosperous family for sustainable development.
Celebrating the International Women’s Day in Rwanda is meaningful considering tremendous achievements made by the country in terms of women empowerment and gender equality.
Under the good leadership of His Excellence Paul KAGAME, President of the Republic of Rwanda, Rwanda created an enabling environment for women to fully participate in national development. Laws, policies, strategies and programs aiming at improving the standards of living of Rwandan people in general and women in particular were put in place.
Different institutions namely the Ministry of Gender and Family promotion, the National Women’s Council, the Gender monitoring Office, the Furum des Femmes Rwandaise Parlementaires (FFRP), the National Gender and Family Cluster have been put in place to accelerate the implementation of these policies and the promotion of gender equality among men and women towards a safe and sustainable family.
Despite tremendous achievements regarding gender equality and women empowerment in Rwanda enumerated above, there are a number of challenges that still hinder women and girls participation which include low participation of women and girls in creation of off-farm jobs and income generating activities as well as persistence of Gender based violence.
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. In 2020, Rwanda will be celebrating 45th anniversary of IWD.