In the last 25 years, the Government of Rwanda has tirelessly worked hard to ensure every Rwandan, man and woman, boy and girls equally benefit from inclusive development as key Government's visionary target. Promoting Gender equality has thus remained the Government's top priority as embedded in different national development frameworks.
The results of Rwanda's efforts and commitments in promoting gender equality and women empowerment are visible and witnessed in different socio-economic sectors.
As reflected in the recent launched report picturing the state of Gender Equality in Rwanda by the Gender Monitoring Office, Rwanda has made tremendous progress on multiple fronts of economic transformation, social transformation and transformational governance; although there are some persisting gender gaps in some sectors that need joint efforts to be addressed.
Key indicators were selected per National Strategy for Transformation (NST1) pillars to inform the summarized and user-friendly version with registered achievements, gender gaps and strategic recommendations to guide policy makers and all concerned actors to further position and promote gender accountability in all sectors.
On key selected indicators in the Report, Rwanda has ensured that women and girls who were traditionally marginalized get increased access to finance, own land, get employment opportunities in both public and private sectors as well as take part in science education that was previously male dominated.
For instance, women currently own more land with 24 per cent of the whole land in Rwanda compared to their male counterparts who own 14 per cent while married couples also own land at 58.3 per cent. Land is considered the main asset for production and investment, and the report argues that land ownership in that sense has been instrumental in contributing to women's access to finance.
Women's access to land tremendously contributed to their control over productive resources and access to loans using land titles as collaterals and that land contributed to 38 per cent of women's access to credit.
The highlighted achievements within this booklet have been possible thanks to the strong political will and commitment to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women by the country's top leadership. From transition to transformation, the report highlights that it is visible that Gender Equality and the empowerment of women in Rwanda is not a myth but an achievable goal in the journey of transformation.
Rwanda embarked on a development agenda aimed at "transforming the Country into a middle-income country, an economic trade and communications hub". Rwanda's Vision 2050 has a target for Rwanda to become an upper middle-income country by 2035 and a high-income country by 2050. Both the Vision 2020 and the forthcoming Vision 2050 highlight Gender and Family Promotion as one of the crosscutting areas.
Within these frameworks, a strong and solid stage for gender equality and women's empowerment was set for women and men of Rwanda to realize their rights, potentials, aspirations and be full partners and beneficiaries in the Country's development.
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