The people of Rwanda have been working tirelessly to put their country’s tumultuous past behind them, paving the way towards a more promising future where peace and stability are helping transform the country into one of Africa’s fastest growing economies.
Yet in this East African country –bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo - another tremendous shift has taken place: women are now at the forefront of national politics.
Unlike in the past, Rwanda’s women now have a voice, and it is being heard across the nation. The country now ranks number one in the world in terms of highest participation of women in Parliament, with more than fifty percent representation.
Empowering women by making them true partners in development projects has been the focus of UNDP’s work in the country, which aims to create opportunities for young people while promoting a culture of accountability, helping to build transparent institutions, and supporting peace consolidation.
Working through the Rwanda Women Parliamentary Forum, where female parliamentarians collaborate across party lines, UNDP has been training new female legislators on how the political process works. It is also working with the government to integrate gender dimensions into laws, policies, and budgets.