By DUSABEMUNGU Ange de la Victoire
Celebrating International Women’s Day has been a joyous event across the country. In particular, with Pro-Femmes/ Twese Hamwe, key activities have enlightened the role of Profemmes in Women’s Development.
On this international day, women in cooperatives in Nyamyumba and Rubavu sectors show gratitude to the leaders of Rubavu District and Pro-Femmes/ Twese Hamwe for their support that improved their practices in cross-border trade.
These women are now progressing and the goal is still to achieve sustainable development that supports the development of the country and their families.
In Kitabi sector in Nyamagabe District, Southern Province, Pro-Femmes/ Twese Hamwe joined the community in celebrating International Women’s Day. The event was marked by the civil marriage of 54 families who were living together illegally.
Over the course of 2 weeks, the sector leadership in collaboration with the women and girls’ “Champions” who had already been trained by Pro-Femmes/ Twese Hamwe mobilized” 54 families in 6 cells in the Kitabi sector and were prepared for civil engagement.
Those couples’ marriage was legalized on International Women’s Day so that they would be able to live together legally, as a way to honor women in the family.
Pro-Femmes/ Twese Hamwe also joined the Gahanga sector in Kicukiro District in celebrating International Women’s Day. Discussions on the principle of gender equality in tackling climate change were hosted by Pro-Femmes/ Twese Hamwe.
In Nyagatare District in Eastern Province, women participated in the exhibition to showcase their achievements. In particular, cross-border businesswomen acknowledged Pro-Femmes/ Twese Hamwe for their support in establishing the dairy processing plant.
The day was celebrated as a celebration of the role of women in the development of the country as a whole.
In a message issued on the same day, President Paul Kagame said: “Today, we celebrate the resilience of Rwandan women who have been at the center of Rwanda’s transformation journey.”
President Paul KAGAME added that “From the beginning, Rwanda Patriotic Front (the ruling Party in Rwanda) has walked the talk by creating an environment that enabled women to take their rightful place. Gender equality has always been central to the politics of RPF. The progress we see in Rwanda today is the result of this commitment to inclusivity.”
He concluded his message by reminding that “Equality is a right not a favour. We must challenge ourselves to do even more and better to ensure that the next generations of our daughters and granddaughters inherit a nation where their aspirations have no limits.”313