Kvinna till Kvinna in Rwanda
Why we work in Rwanda
In 1994, a genocide against Tutsis took place in Rwanda. In just three months, more than a million people were murdered. An estimated three million fled their homes. Women in particular suffered heavily: many were raped and infected with HIV, others lost their partners and were left widowed.
After the genocide, the government made a concerted effort to rebuild society. Rwandan women played a key role in this process. One of the victories they achieved was co-creating a progressive new constitution, guaranteeing women at least 30% of positions in all decision-making bodies in the country.
This has made Rwanda the world’s leader on women in parliament: 61% of seats are held by women. Since the genocide, many laws have also been passed to strengthen women’s rights. Today, for example, women have the same right as men to inherit land.
However, strong norms and traditions still exist in Rwanda, preventing women from enjoying their rights. Gender-based violence remains a problem. The National Institute of Statistics estimates 41% of women have experienced physical violence, and one in five have been sexually abused.
That is Kvinna till Kvinna works in Rwanda: to ensure the country’s positive development continues. We strive for genuine equality, so that all women may participate fully in society.
How we support women in Rwanda
Together with our partner organisations in Rwanda, we:
- Advocate to prevent gender-based violence
- Direct survivors of abuse to sources of legal support
- Promote women’s participation in politics and the labour market
- Support conflict resolution at the local level
- Empower rural women, promote their leadership and financial inclusion
- Support women with disabilities and advocate for their rights
- Encourage female leadership through sports
- Create forums for young women to discuss and learn about SRHR
Our office in Rwanda is located in Kigali.