Rwandan Experience in Women’s Empowerment
Rwanda’s envoy to Russia participated in the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum
The Second EWF gathered women representatives from over 110 countries in St. Petersburg. They discussed the relevant issues of today’s world while exchanging the best practices of tackling them. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to Russia, shared her country’s experience in women’s empowerment and explained, why men and women just have to work together.
Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya is Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to Russian Federation
Rwanda is one of the leading countries in terms of women’s participation in Parliament, as they make 62% of the Assembly. According to Ms. Mujawamariya, this factor is key to peacekeeping, economic and educational development. As a participant of the Second EWF, she shared Rwanda’s experience in women’s empowerment with other representatives.
Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya said: “If we want to achieve sustainable peace and development, we must involve women in all spheres of life, encourage them to take senior positions, and give them an opportunity to participate in decision-making”.
Ms. Mujawamariya is sure the Second EWF gives an exceptional opportunity to share experience internationally. Every country has made certain progress in terms of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Modern countries have to adopt one another’s experience and address common issues together.
According to Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, men and women should always act together and support each other. Besides, men should understand women play an important role in their lives. She provided an example of domestic life.
“If a man has a good wife, his house will always be cosy. However, if a man has no good wife, he will always be able to come to the house, but that does not mean he will come home”.
As a rule, women are the ones to educate the children. Thus, men should remember: by teaching women, they teach the whole nation. Besides, Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya is sure that an educated woman would always be able to help her husband in managing any issues. If men help women unleash their potential, everyone will only benefit from that.
Nikolay Boykov, Anna Repina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov