Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi has said that efforts to empower women should not be left to the government alone, but every Rwandan should make it their responsibility to make gender equity a reality. He made the remarks during yesterday’s celebrations to mark the International Women’s Day which was held in Ngoma District, Eastern Province.
Prime Minister Anastase Murekezi who was the chief guest said that there is need for more efforts in fostering gender equity at all levels towards reaching the country’s development agenda. He stressed that the country can only achieve sustainable development when it treats both men and women equally and fairly.
Prime Minister Murekezi pointed out that Rwanda has political will to support and strengthen gender equality:
“Rwanda has ensured gender equity in all governance policies, including budget allocation as well as ensuring that our constitution’s provisions are gender sensitive. However, that’s not enough; we need to invest more efforts in empowering women. Everyone wins when our women interests are put on the forefront.”
The Chairperson of National Women’s Council Beatrice Mukasine observed that women should be at the centre of development:
“To achieve national development and family promotion, we should fight human trafficking, drug abuse as well as rape and other related offences threatening the safety of women.”
Themed “Let’s strengthen performance contracts in development,” the celebration of the International Women’s Day in Rwanda was also an opportunity to evaluate performance contracts signed by women at district and sector levels during last year’s celebrations.
Women re-committed to:
- Ensuring good feeding of children and hygiene in the homestead
- Fighting prostitution
- Ensuring that children attend schools
- Supporting fellow vulnerable women
- Helping women street vendors get permanent stalls in established markets
- Resolving domestic wrangles.
During the event, Imbuto Foundation launched the tenth annual Girls’ Education Campaign where 40 top performing girls in national examinations received awards from the Prime Minister. 420 primary and secondary school girls will be recognised countrywide.
The International Women’s Day is celebrated annually, on March 8.