On February 19, 2013 the Deputy Chief Gender Monitor in charge of fighting against injustice and Gender-Based Violence, Madame Kabageni Eugenie, received in her Office the Minister of State for Women, Children and Youth and her delegation. Their visit to Gender Monitoring Office (GMO) was aimed at sharing experience on gender promotion in Rwanda.
In their talks, Madame Kabageni Eugenie explained to the Ethiopian delegates that Rwanda has achieved a lot in gender promotion thanks to enabling environment put in place. She indicated that the commitment to promote gender equality and to fight against GBV is demonstrated by the 2003 Constitution, the ratification and endorsement of international conventions and instruments, and the enactment of gender responsive laws and policies, including the Vision 2020, the National Gender Policy, Inheritance Law, Law on Prevention and Punishment of GBV, and others.
The Deputy Chief Gender Monitor added that thanks to this political commitment, many achievements have been realized: Rwanda now leads the world in the number of female Parliamentarians; women occupy prominent positions in decision-making roles; universal primary education (UPE) with gender parity was achieved; and poverty among women was significantly decreased from 66.3% in 2001 to 47% in 2011 for households headed by female and from 67.7% in 2001 to 45% in 2011 for households headed by widows. However, she noted that there are still challenges facing the promotion of gender equality and the fight against GBV in Rwanda, such as persistence of some cultural barriers, poverty, limited collection and use of sex disaggregated data, triple role for women, etc.
Minister Frenesh Mecuria appreciated the significant achievements made by the Government of Rwanda in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and thanked the GMO for all explanations about gender equality in Rwanda. She therefore indicated that they were committed to implementing the best practices learnt from Rwanda in their country.