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December 8, 2008
Women rank high in Rwanda’s government

Rwanda is the only country in the world with a female majority in parliament, as women hold 56 percent of parliamentary seats (45 out of 80).

The rise of women in power is in part due to the country’s electoral quota (30 percent female), and partly a consequence of male deaths during the country’s 1994 genocide. Women comprise 55 percent of the Rwandan population as a whole.

Worldfocus special correspondent Martin Seemungal travels to Rwanda, a country recovering from its terrible genocide with the help of some very powerful women.

Blogger Andrea Friedman at “The Huffington Post” writes in support of gender quotas, arguing that they foster change.

The “African Studies Blog” links to an article claiming that though women are participating more and more in politics, they are not able to influence policymaking.

Writer “Dana Liebelson” discusses Rwandan gender politics in the context of American politics and the state of women in other African nations, arguing that women are viewed in black-and-white terms as either “equal citizen or victim.”

Watch a female member of the Rwandan parliament talk about her experience.

Stephen F. DeAngelis outlines the contributions of women to the Rwandan economy and traces a short history of gender roles in the country. The Washington Post published a video about Rwandan women and the economy.

In the U.S., about 17 percent of national government officials are women.




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I often read about the genocide that took place in Rwanda and about the African men who are now found guilty of genocide, what amazes is rhat I was told Hutus and Tusis were living in harmony and even intermarrying for years, did they had a bad dream and just woke up one mornings and decided to murder each other, just like that? strange if so, or was the genocide masterminded and planned and prepared over a number of years by some unspoken factor, and I am aware that the western goverments are always the shadows in the dark pulling and pushing the poppets, what was their covered involvement in making the genocide possible and when will the real story come to the surface?


Excellent presentaion. An eye openner for me.A lot to learn from the experience of Rwanda and a highvalue application to few countries in the South-East Asian region in the years to come.
Good work well done Martin and much encouragement and full of appreciation.


Martin: Nice piece. A subject close to my heart. And you gathered some excellent clips and good video . . . It would have been nice to get Kagame on tape, responding to criticisms that power in Rwanda is still highly centralized in his office, and nothing happens in government without his explicit go-ahead.

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