Twenty Years Post-Genocide Women Engineer Change in Rwanda

Published: April 2014

This documents presents a report about twents years post-genpcide women engineer change in Rwanda. On April 7th, Rwanda commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the genocide, during which nearly a million Tutsi and moderate Hutu were brutally murdered over a hundred days of unimaginable violence and inhumanity. This milestone of the genocide affords anopportunity to reflect on Rwanda's progress over the last two decades as the nation remembers its past and looks towards its future. This Information2Action considers the role of women in the country's efforts to re-build, with particular regard to their economic participation, and the challenges and opportunities for women to impact Rwanda's forward development

Key Findings

  • More than 3,000 women now own their own manufacturing business.
  • Women are at the top of Rwanda's development agenda and play a vital role in nation building.
  • The constitution provides a 30% quota for women in government and provides strong platform for gender mainstreaming.
  • An unprecedented number of women, 64%, have been elected or appointed to decision-making poisitions; the highest percentage in the world.
  • Rwanda is one of only 52 countries that criminalizes marital rape.
  • While women have made huge inroads into the government, men still retain most of the key decision making and governance positions.
  • The majorty of working women continue to live in poverty.
  • When women are income earners they gain both voice and choice.
  • Many of the economic incentive programs offered by the government, private sector, and international agencies remain out of reach for more poor and excluded women.

Populations Poor, Rural, Women

Complementary Outcomes Women's Rights

Industries Agriculture/Food Processing, Business

Publishers Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security

Geographic Focus Africa (Central) / Rwanda