Samantha Power and Swanee Hunt at the Harvard Carr Center

Posted by on March 19, 2018
Samantha Power and Swanee Hunt at the Harvard Carr Center

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.

Women Rising, Here and Abroad: Harvard Lowell Lecture 2018

Posted by on March 19, 2018
Women Rising, Here and Abroad: Harvard Lowell Lecture 2018

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.

Event Video: Rwandan Women Rising at the Library of Congress

Posted by on December 12, 2017
Event Video: Rwandan Women Rising at the Library of Congress

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

What One Rwandan Political Leader Learned from Listening to the Grassroots

Posted by on October 11, 2017
What One Rwandan Political Leader Learned from Listening to the Grassroots

The following text was excerpted from Ambassador Hunt’s latest book, Rwandan Women Rising. Aloisea Inyumba was twenty-nine when, right after the Rwandan genocide, she took the helm of the Ministry of Women and Family Promotion, as it was known under the emerging government in 1994. Her reputation for honesty and frugality as she handled the […]

This Rwandan Woman’s Journey to Elected Office Began in the US

Posted by on October 11, 2017
This Rwandan Woman’s Journey to Elected Office Began in the US

The following text was excerpted from Ambassador Hunt’s latest book, Rwandan Women Rising. Seeing Jeanne d’Arc Gakuba, Vice President of Rwanda’s Senate, seated on the wooden-paneled dais beside the legislature’s other leadership, it’s hard to imagine that her journey to elected office started 7,000 miles away, in the United States. In 2000, she was selected […]

How One Woman Walked Into the Forest and Helped Reconcile Her Country

Posted by on October 11, 2017
How One Woman Walked Into the Forest and Helped Reconcile Her Country

The following is an edited excerpt from Rwandan Women Rising by our founder Swanee Hunt. Buy it here. “From the time I left the camp until 2003, I wasn’t even sure if he was still alive. I lived like a widow,” Anne Marie Musabyemungu says of her husband. She was working for the Rwandan social […]

Americans Can Learn From the Struggles and Wins of Rwandan Women

Posted by on October 5, 2017
Americans Can Learn From the Struggles and Wins of Rwandan Women

If the hand-wringing of pundits has left you in despair that this country is beyond healing, learn from the women of Rwanda. Most people rightly recall that small nation in East Africa as the site of a 1994 genocide of unspeakable brutality, in which as many as one million (mostly Tutsi) died in a span […]

8 Rwandan Women Rising

Posted by on July 8, 2017
8 Rwandan Women Rising

Women saved Rwanda after genocide, creating a model for lasting security in countries worldwide. How they did it, and the difference they’ve made, holds lessons for the US and countries around the world. In the spring of 1994, the tiny African nation was ripped apart, leaving nearly a million dead. After the violence subsided, Rwanda’s […]

How Women Rescued Rwanda and Set a Global Example

Posted by on May 31, 2017
How Women Rescued Rwanda and Set a Global Example

The women of Rwanda are raising their voices. Rwandan Women Rising, a new book by Swanee Hunt, celebrates these women’s awe-inspiring achievements—and lets them explain in their own words how they changed their country and our world. These stories are ferocious yet ultimately courageous. The women do more than recall the horrors of the 1994 […]

Talking Policy: Swanee Hunt on Inclusive Security

Posted by on May 30, 2017
Talking Policy: Swanee Hunt on Inclusive Security

This article was originally published by World Policy Journal. In spring 1994, Rwanda was ripped apart by a genocide that left nearly a million dead. While news of the catastrophe reached all corners of the globe, the nation’s recovery and the key role of women are less often featured in the media. Swanee Hunt, former […]

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