A quarter-century after the genocide in which ethnic Hutu extremists killed as many as a million minority Tutsis in approximately 100 days, Rwanda is a country reborn. How that happened is a story of resilience — and of the unexpected benefits that can come from unimaginable tragedy. It is also, as a panel at the […]
By Swanee Hunt and Wazhma Frogh After September 11, the United States justified deep engagement in Afghanistan in part due to the Taliban’s harsh repression of women. Now, after sustaining 2,351 deaths and more than 20,000 injuries, and spending north of a trillion dollars, the United States is negotiating peace with the draconian regime it […]
By Nanako Tamaru Women’s participation in peace and security processes is vital for lasting peace. This message has been echoed again and again by the international community and expressed through UN Security Council Resolutions, the Sustainable Development Goals, and countless other declarations and strategic plans. Yet, despite this global consensus, women have remained marginalized in […]
Women’s participation in drafting constitutions leads to more equitable legal frameworks and socially inclusive reforms, laying the groundwork for sustainable peace. Yet new research from Inclusive Security reveals that while 75 conflict-affected countries oversaw significant reform processes between 1995-2015, only one in five constitutional drafters in these environments have been women. As actors from Syria, […]
US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power; Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer of Pubic Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, Ambassador Swanee Hunt; and Chantal Kayitesi, genocide survivor and co-founder of AVEGA AGAHOZO Rwandan widows’ advocacy organization; come together to discuss Ambassdador Hunt’s new book, Rwandan Women Rising.
For the annual Lowell Lecture on March 7, 2018, Ambassador Swanee Hunt shared the story of how Rwandan women came together to help rescue their country after the 1994 genocide. Survivor and women’s organization leader Chantal Kayitesi joined Ambassador Hunt in discussing Rwanda’s lessons for other nations, including the United States.
In the years after Rwanda’s genocide, how did women come to make up a large portion of the nation’s parliament? Author and activist Swanee Hunt says their women’s movement grew out of necessity. Hunt, a former ambassador and founding director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School, gives her Brief but […]
Our Founder and Chair, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, and Rwandan Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana discussed Hunt’s book Rwandan Women Rising, the story of how the women of the tiny African nation led that country’s rebirth after the horrific 1994 genocide that left nearly a million dead. Click here to watch the video
Congratulations to Michelle Bekkering on Her Appointment as First USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Women’s Empowerment
This statement is issued by coalition co-chairs Nora O’Connell, Associate Vice President for Public Policy & Advocacy, Save the Children, and Kristin Wells, Senior Director of Government Relations, CARE USA. The Big Ideas for Women and Girls Coalition applauds the appointment of Michelle Bekkering as the first Deputy Assistant Administrator for Women’s Empowerment in the […]
The world said “never again,” but watched as Bosnia fell apart. A policy failure, rooted in disconnect between those at the table and those living at the heart of the violence. This video premiered at Collaborative Approaches to Global Security on October 15. Find out more: Watch the full event video View photos Read the event […]