Rwanda launches the State of Gender Equality

The Gender Monitoring Office (GMO) has on Friday 29 March launched the Booklet on the State of Gender Equality in different development sectors during a colorful event that was attended by about 300 high level delegates including Rwanda Prime Minister and other high Government Officials.

The launched booklet tracks and documents progress made in promoting Gender Equality and Women Empowerment covering both transitional and transformational periods in line with the key indicators that were selected per the National Strategy for Transformation (NST1) pillars.

In addition to documenting registered achievements, the Booklet also highlights gender gaps and strategic recommendations to guide policy makers and all concerned actors to further position and promote gender accountability in all concerned sectors.

Message by Prime Minister

Speaking at the launching event, Rt. Honorable Prime Minister Dr. Edouard Ngirente reiterated Rwanda’s strong commitments in promoting gender equality and women empowerment as a cornerstone towards achieving its desired socio-economic transformation.

“The Government of Rwanda will not tire to empower girls and women as well as giving equal opportunities to both girls and women,” He said.

“We strongly believe that giving equal opportunities to men and women as well as girls and boys plays a critical role in achieving the country’s desired transformation,” He added.

The Prime Minister also said that Rwanda established a political system and put in place a number of laws aimed at increasing capacity of all Rwandan women and removing barriers to enable them to proactively take part in socio-economic activities.

Inside the Report

As reflected in the launched report, Rwanda has made tremendous progress on multiple fronts of economic transformation, social transformation and transformational governance; although there are also persisting gender gaps in some sectors.

On key indicators, 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.

GMO Message to Partners

The Gender Monitoring Office strongly appreciates the contribution of key national stakeholders and development partners including the One UN Rwanda, Care International Rwanda and Sweden Embassy in Rwanda who played a significant role in making the State of Gender Equality publication possible.

On the other hand, the 29 March event left the Second Rwanda National Action Plan of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR1325) and the Gender Management Information System (GMIS) also launched. In addition to tracking and storing gender and GBV data, GMIS will offer an opportunity to different data producers to feed in the system and disseminate gender equality information.

To access the State of Gender Equality Report, click on the link: gmo.gov.rw/fileadmin/user_upload/Researches%20and%20Assessments/State%20of%20Gender%20Equality%20in%20Rwanda.pdf