Madam Jeannette Kagame has urged Rwandans to reflect on why families continue to face rampant problems including premature pregnancies, malnutrition, poor hygiene and domestic conflicts requesting them to seek a long lasting solution.
The message was echoed yesterday during the celebration of Women Day on National level held in Shyira sector, Nyabihu district of Northern Province.
Rwanda has become a model in promoting women and gender equality principles. Girls have been facilitated in education like their brothers while women have space in government leadership, private investments, involved in security, being, artists, traders and famers.
Madam Jeannette Kagame said all these achievements are a result of good leadership which restored women’s value because the country would hardly progress without women inclusiveness. She requested women to uphold restored dignity.
Jeannette Kagame however said that some problems affecting the family should have been addressed as the government has various counteractive measures.
“Let’s ask ourselves again why serious problems affecting the family persist. Why do we still have premature pregnancies among girls under 18? There are many consequences of giving birth at a young age,” she said.
“Why do we still have the matter of poor hygiene while hearts of the family (women) are known for maintaining hygiene in their residences? Why do some children still face malnutrition leading to stunted growth while there are childhood development centers, village kitchen, kitchen garden, Girinka, child’s milk gourd among others?” she wondered.
Jeannette Kagame said that conflicts and violence should not occur again as the government established Umugorobaw’ababyeyi (parents’ forum), community mediators, and family’s friends among other religious programs to address the issues.
The UN resident coordinator in Rwanda, Lamin Manneh commended Rwanda for the exciting drive to women’s progress.
“Rwanda has durably achieved a lot in promoting gender equality and women in general. We can’t forget to laud Rwanda for reducing maternal deaths,” he said.
Women Day is set aside for the world to contemplate on the role of women in national development, gauge achievements and embracing strict measures to continuously promote their rights for durable progress.