Siyanda Update: Rwanda - Issue No. 87, May 2010

Siyanda Update: Rwanda - Issue No. 87, May 2010

Publisher: BRIDGE
Publication Date: May 2010

In This Issue:

I. Country Focus: Rwanda
II. Experts' and Consultants' Database: a selection of published work from Siyanda
Experts who have written about gender issues in Rwanda
III. Contribute section: share news, resources, opportunities and perspectives

I. Country Focus: Rwanda
During the Rwandan genocide many men were killed, leaving a predominantly female population. Widespread sexual violence, directed predominantly against Tutsi women, also occurred in every corner of the country. Rwanda now though has the highest percentage in the world of women in government at 45%. Despite this progress gender inequalities and stereotypes around gender roles still live. What are the main gender issues Rwanda is facing? And how are institutions addressing them?

The following resources have been selected from a number of new additions to the Siyanda database which explore gender issues in this country:

-Website: Avega Agahozo – Rwanda Genocide Women Association, Rwanda Genocide Women Association, January 2010
AVEGA is a Rwandan non-profit organisation which works with widows, orphans, parents whose children have died, the elderly and the disabled.

-Website: The Rwanda Men’s Resource Center (RWAMREC), Rwanda Men’s Resource Center (RWAMREC), January 2010
This website offers various information outputs including forums, documents and training courses all aimed at alleviating gender based violence (GVB).

-Sustaining Women’s Gains in Rwanda: The Influence of Indigenous Culture and Post-Genocide Politics, The Institute for Inclusive Security, June 2009
This paper highlights the importance of policies, mechanisms, and institutions that can provide a structural framework for sustaining women's gains in Rwanda.

-Gender and Community Development Analysis in Rwanda, East African Community Secretariat and Republic of Rwanda, January 2009
This analysis looks at gender equality and equity promotion and community development in Rwanda.

-Gender Balance and the Meanings of Women in Governance in Post-Genocide Rwanda, Burnet, J. E., May 2008
This article explores the dramatic increase in women's participation in public life and representation in governance in Rwanda and the increasing authoritarianism of the state under the guise of 'democratisation'.

-Defending Children's Rights: The Legislative Priorities of Rwandan Women Parliamentarians, Hunt Alternatives Fund, April 2008
How have Rwandan women used their increasingly influential position in national politics to advance women and child-friendly policies?

-GBV Programming in Rwanda: Actors, Activities, Collaboration, Coordination, Women’s Legal Rights Initiative Rwanda, May 2006

This document describes activities currently being conducted to address gender-based violence in Rwanda.