Investing In African Women In Times of Peace

Posted by on June 10, 2015
Investing In African Women In Times of Peace

Women often take on different social, political, and economic responsibilities during the upheaval of war. In some cases, after violence ends, they maintain these new roles and claim a larger space in public life. Take Rwanda, for example. In the 20 years after the genocide, women rose to positions of influence. The country currently ranks […]

The Triumph of Rwanda’s Women

Posted by on April 4, 2014
The Triumph of Rwanda’s Women

This article was originally published by The Daily Beast. Twenty years ago, Eugenie Mukeshimana was eight months pregnant when genocide broke out in her homeland of Rwanda. As hundreds of thousands of Rwandans were slaughtered in a matter of only months, Mukeshimana saw first-hand the fantastic lengths her fellow mothers and women would go to […]

Women in Post-Genocide Rwanda Have Helped Heal Their Country

Posted by on April 4, 2014
Women in Post-Genocide Rwanda Have Helped Heal Their Country

This article, co-authored by Swanee Hunt and Laura Heaton, was originally published by National Geographic. Crowds of police officers and nurses converged in a room painted with bright alphabet letters at a hospital in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. A plush frog and a couple of dolls with Afros lay on the table, props that might be […]

Two Decades After Genocide, Rwanda’s Women Have Made the Nation Thrive

Posted by on April 2, 2014
Two Decades After Genocide, Rwanda’s Women Have Made the Nation Thrive

This article was originally published by The Daily Beast. Rwanda has the highest percentage of women appointed to government in the world. Women account for 64 percent of its parliament. (In comparison, America ranks 83rd with 18 percent.) This is the same country that 20 years ago was in the throes of a genocide that […]

The Rise of Rwanda’s Women

Posted by on March 30, 2014
The Rise of Rwanda’s Women

A new article, “The Rise of Rwanda’s Women,” by Inclusive Security founder and Chair Ambassador Swanee Hunt was published today on the Foreign Affairs website. The article will also appear in the May-June print edition.  Over the last 15 years, Amb. Hunt and Inclusive Security staff have worked alongside Rwandan women leaders advancing peace and security. […]

Rebuilding Rwanda: Access and Accountability

Posted by on December 30, 2013
Rebuilding Rwanda: Access and Accountability

This article was originally published by Global Post. This is the last piece in a five-part series. KIGALI, Rwanda — An inside view of Rwanda is Umushyikirano, an enormous town hall presided over by President Kagame and attended by his cabinet, their high-level staff, religious and business leaders, plus officials from the country’s 30 districts. […]

Rebuilding Rwanda: Trauma and Trust

Posted by on December 30, 2013
Rebuilding Rwanda: Trauma and Trust

This article was originally published by Global Post. This is the fourth piece in a five-part series. KIGALI, Rwanda — Rwanda’s First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, has launched yet another initiative in this tiny central African state. Her office has started up projects advancing children, particularly girls, and providing what a business school might dub a […]

Rebuilding Rwanda: Women in Politics

Posted by on December 26, 2013
Rebuilding Rwanda: Women in Politics

This article was originally published by Global Post. This is the third piece in a five-part series. KIGALI, Rwanda — Senator Jeanne d’Arc Gakuba hadn’t considered getting into politics until she shadowed a city councilman in Tucson, Arizona and watched local leaders in Louisiana coping with poverty and crime. It was 2000, and Gakuba had […]

Rebuilding Rwanda: Women in the Private Sector

Posted by on December 26, 2013
Rebuilding Rwanda: Women in the Private Sector

This article was originally published by Global Post. This is the second piece in a five-part series. KIGALI, Rwanda — To shoot her portrait, we met Immy Kamarade at her petrol station. The photos are striking — Kamarade, in a pencil skirt and a black and white checked jacket, standing beneath a bright red rooftop […]

Rebuilding Rwanda: Reflections on a Nation Two Decades After Genocide

Posted by on December 26, 2013
Rebuilding Rwanda: Reflections on a Nation Two Decades After Genocide

This article was originally published by Global Post. This is the first piece in a five-part series. KIGALI, Rwanda — From the airport hilltop at night, looking down on the city of Kigali is like looking up in the sky. White LED lights dot layers after layers of hills, a fitting, glowing first impression of […]

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