Aloisea Inyumba

Aloisea Inyumba passed away on December 6, 2012, at the age of 48. She was a visionary leader, who was integral in rebuilding and healing her country after the unspeakable horror of the Rwandan genocide. As one of the early members of our Network, she inspired us—and women around the globe—with her wisdom and compassion.

  • Country / Conflict-Affected Area:
  • Position: Minister of Gender and Women in Development
  • Organization: Parliament of Rwanda
  • Expertise: Transitional Justice

Aloisea Inyumba

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Minister of Gender and Women in Development (MIGEPROFE), Aloisea Inyumba was until May 2011 a senator in Rwanda’s Parliament. She was a member of the Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Security Committee. Previously, she served on the Committee on Political Affairs and Good Governance. There she was responsible for monitoring the implementation of decentralization programs, the adherence of political parties to the fundamental laws of the nation, and the implementation of Gacaca, a participatory justice mechanism being used to address crimes of genocide. Until 2004, Minister Inyumba served as governor of Kigali-Ngali Province, responsible for policy coordination and implementation at the provincial level. She is a former commissioner and the executive secretary of Rwanda’s Unity and Reconciliation Commission, where she organized and oversaw national public debates promoting reconciliation between Hutus and Tutsis in post-genocide Rwanda. Immediately following the 1994 genocide, she was the first Minister of Family, Gender, and Social Affairs. She managed the aftermath of the genocide by overseeing the burial of the dead, the resettlement of refugees, and by directing a national adoption campaign that reduced the number of genocide orphans in Rwanda from 500,000 to 4,000. She later helped to establish a national women’s network to adjudicate family and property issues resulting from the genocide that exist today, and played an important role in representing women’s voices to local government throughout Rwanda. Minister Inyumba held an Honors Degree (1988) in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University in Uganda, and an honorary doctorate from La Roche College in the United States. She served as a member of the board of directors of Women for Women International and the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace.

Read more about this Network member:
Women Run the Show In A Recovering Rwanda
By Stephanie McCrummen, Washington Post
October 27, 2008

Boston Women Help Build Rwandan Girls School
By Bella English, Boston Globe
March 30, 2008

Southie Nun Works Rwanda Miracle
By Christine McConville, Boston Herald
February 26, 2008

People Tipped On Global Women Summit
By Eleneus Akanga,
February 15, 2007

21 Leaders for the 21st Century 2007
by Irene Lew, Women’s eNews
January 1, 2007

Last Updated: September 2014