A delegation of eight European Union parliamentarians from the Women Rights Commission is set to visit Rwanda in September 2016 to learn from the country’s best practices in promoting gender equality and women rights.
As preparations are underway, Michael Ryan, the head of European Union Delegation to Rwanda yesterday met the president of Rwanda’s parliamentary chamber of deputies, Mukabalisa Donatille ahead of the visit to hold discussions on preparing for the arrival of EU MPs to Rwanda.
After the talks, Amb. Ryan told the press that the European Union parliamentarians will hold talks with various sectors to get a proper appreciation of Rwanda’s strategies in the promotion of gender equality and existing projects.
“ It is a great opportunity to have European Union parliamentarians discussing with their Rwandan counterparts on gender equality promotion and learning from Rwanda’s experiences since it is among the leading countries which have a large number of women in the parliament and other sectors,” he said.
“They will get to appreciate how the civil society, non-governmental organizations and other associations cooperate in the promotion of gender equality and rights of both sexes. They will also hold talks with individuals,” he added.
The president of Rwanda’s parliamentary chamber of deputies, Mukabalisa Donatille has said that “the coming of European Union parliamentarians underscores the good cooperation between Rwanda parliament with other legislative institutions.”
European Union Parliamentarians will be in Rwanda from September 20th 2016 to September 23rd, 2016.
Today, Rwanda has the largest number of women representatives in the parliament at 63. 8%.
The 2015 report of ‘Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance’ rated Rwanda at the second place in promoting gender equality in Africa with 87. 6%.